In To the Ladies by Lady Mary Chudleigh what is the point of view? I asked my professor and she said it wasin first person pov, but I don't understand how. Can someone please explain? Thanks!  

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Poetry can be written in first, second or third person, although the most common voices are first and second person.

In 'To The Ladies' by Lady Mary Chudleigh, your professor tells you the poem is in first person point of view. Usually, in prose, first person point of view would utilize I, me, mine, myself, ourselves, etc.

But, in this poem, Chudleigh is talking to you, the reader. The fact that she is addressing you casts her, the poet, as the 'I' figure in the first person POV, if you will.

"Then shun, oh! shun that wretched state,
And all the fawning flatt’rers hate:
Value your selves, and men despise,
You must be proud, if you’ll be wise."
Here she is telling you to shun that 'wretched state' which she defines as the institution of marriage. So, in poetry, it isn't always just a clear use of 'I' or other first person elements, you must also look for whether the poet is
speaking to you, the reader. Here, Chudleigh is using her narrator's first person point of view (her experience, her beliefs) paired with the second person perspective, that's you, the reader. She (first person) is warning you (second person) against marriage. Note that this is not the same as having the narrative voice cast as second person pov (you).
Mountain Climber
Standing in a line, you turn
   away . . . but, you're the last.
No . . . there never was a plan. But,
   you've been cast

as someone to avoid, whose children
   can't be trusted. Strange!
You only want to do your SHARE, and
   share it. Even, change!
I hope this helps you understand what your professor means.