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Petrarchan Love and the English Renaissance

Gordon Braden

Petrarchan Love and the English Renaissance

Petrarchan Love and the English Renaissance

Petrarchan Love and the English Renaissance

 

Considers lyrical works and the reception of Petrarch's poetry in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. It explores these themes in the light of development of literary canons, poetic imitation, and production, from Thomas Wyatt to William Shakespeare.


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Beschrijving Petrarchan Love and the English Renaissance

This book surveys English love poetry, primarily, though not exclusively, sonnets and sonnet sequences that show the influence of Petrarch, from the early sixteenth century to the publication of Mary Wroth's Pamphilia to Amphilanthus in 1621. It incorporates a range of new scholarship and thinking into narrative history, with a focus on particular poets including Thomas Wyatt, George Gascoigne, Philip Sidney, Fulke Greville, Samuel Daniel, Wroth,
Walter Ralegh, and Shakespeare, as well as particularly notable poems such as "They flee from me", "Gascoigne's Woodmanship", and "The Ocean's Love to Cynthia".

The self-absorption of Petrarchan lyricism is brought into a more populous environment and is linked to the ambitious and intense world of the English court, within which many of these poets lived and worked. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, the Petrarchan theme of love for a powerful but distant woman was literalized in the politics of the realm, in ways that the queen herself recognized and exploited. A final chapter offers a new model for the implied narrative of Shakespeare's
sonnets.


ISBN
9780192858368
Pagina's
320
Verschijnt
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Literaire non-fictie