May Probyn (1856-1909)

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Juliana Mary Louisa Probyn, (12 April 1856 – 29 March 1909), known as May Probyn, was an English poet.  May Probyn is one of a group of little-known nineteenth-century women poets in whose work there has begun to be a revival of interest. Critics are now recognizing that the witty social criticism that was a major theme for these poets is important to understanding the period. Probyn as an individual has so far received little critical attention, but her humor and satire, which break the sentimental stereotype of Victorian women's poetry, and her astute commentary on the position of women deserve to be rediscovered.


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