Aphra, a skilled writer, demonstrated her strong views that distinguished her from other writers. Aphra did not attend school, but she gained her education through various contacts that taught her both literature and music (Brackett). Due to Behn’s debt she started writing to earn a source of income. (“Aphra Behn is baptized”). Behn’s writing skills were very different form the average male and female writes. Her writings differed in that Behn received attention for her upfront views of female sexuality. (Van Renen). Behn lived during the Restoration, which accepted more sexual allusions in literature than the decades immediately following. With the rise of feminism during her century, Behn's works reemerged through feminist criticism to a generation of readers who explore them as examinations of gender, race, and class, which illustrates her contribution to history (Brackett).
Behn impacted English literature by not being afraid to voice her feminist opinions. Her writing style was different from other writers at the time because regardless of the genre, she would use a very distinct voice. Most of Behn’s poems are addressed to certain people of her social commun...
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