from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A slattern.
  • proper n. The name of a female fairy, esp. the queen of the fairies; and hence, sometimes, any fairy.


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  • Queen Mab is a revolutionary poem, not a parlor poem, and must be evaluated in terms of its own genre and not of some other (242).

    Young Shelley

  • When we read Queen Mab from the vantage point of these earlier, much more provisional attempts to use poetry as a political weapon, we put ourselves and our students in a better position to respond to the political content and reception of Shelley's first major poetic project.

    Young Shelley

  • Queen Mab is strikingly different from the two poems I've just looked at, of course -- in style, in intellectual ambition and register, in anticipated readership.

    Young Shelley

  • Queen Mab is also a "trance poem," beginning with a description of girl sleeping so deeply that the narrator is uncertain whether she is dead or alive.

    The Transcendental: Deleuze, P. B. Shelley, and the Freedom of Immobility

  • But at least as striking as its difference from Mab is the complex ambivalence internal to the volume. [

    _Alastor_, Apostasy, and the Ecology of Criticism

  • The lady was enjoined by her confessor to do penance by going once a week, bare-footed and bare-legged, to a cross near Wigan, two miles from the hall, and it is called Mab's Cross to this day.

    Vanishing England

  • Lady Mabel had not as yet become Mabel to him, but, as by her very intimate friends she was called Mab, had allowed herself to be addressed by him as Lady Mab.

    The Duke's Children

  • Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Evangeline Brandt "Mab":

    Evangeline Brandt "Mab"

  • George, in which the name of 'Mab' occurred fifty times and more.

    The Bishop's Secret

  • Then we should call her Mab-gath (which means Kitten, or Little

    Welsh Fairy Tales


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