Prof Judy Le
20 October, 2011
For centuries men have puzzled over the bond of women. Women share a lot in common with each other, not just physically but emotionally. They share their deepest secrets with their best friends, sisters or mother; never telling their husbands or other men in their life. Most men get jealous of their wife’s best friend because the friendship between two women is unlike any other. We see these bonds played out in “L’Amitie: To Mrs. M. Awbrey” by Katherine Philips and “Globlin Market” by Christina Rossetti. The bonds these females have with each other is strong and passionate, sacrificial even, making these alliances virtually indestructible.
First, “L’Amitie: To Mrs. M. Awbrey”, the word L’Amitie is a French, feminine noun that means friendship, liking, and kindness. So before reading the poem we know that Philips is writing a letter to her friend Mrs. M. Awbrey. The poem starts in line one with Philips calling Awbrey “my Joy, my crown, my friend!”. Awbrey is a treasure to Philips, she brings happiness just like a best friend should. She goes on in line three and says that their souls have grown by their matchless friendship resulting in which the more knowledgeable minds of others do not understand. It’s almost like these two women have grown up together and have gotten very close to each other and now no one understands the strength of their friendship. In those days women were suppose to put their husbands above everything else and submitt to them. But Philips is writing about the love she shares with her best friend, I can imagine the kinds of controversy people had especially men when reading this poem.
Therefore, the strength of friendship between Awbrey and Philips is very strong. “I have no thought but what’s to thee reveal’d, Nor thou desire that is from me conceal’d. Thy heart locks up my secrets richly set, And my breast is they private cabinet” (lines 7-10). Philips is describing...
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