English Renaissance Literary Criticism

English Renaissance Literary Criticism

by Brian Vickers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198186797

ISBN-13: 9780198186793

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


This is the first comprehensive collection of English Renaissance literary criticism to appear for nearly a century. Brian Vickers has brought together a wide-ranging selection of texts, some well-known (such as Sir Philip Sidney's Apology for Poetry, the most brilliant critical essay of the whole Renaissance, here given complete), some little-known…  See more details below

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This is the first comprehensive collection of English Renaissance literary criticism to appear for nearly a century. Brian Vickers has brought together a wide-ranging selection of texts, some well-known (such as Sir Philip Sidney's Apology for Poetry, the most brilliant critical essay of the whole Renaissance, here given complete), some little-known (Dudley North's account of Metaphysical poetry), and one being printed for the first time (John Ford's elegy on John Fletcher).

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ISBN-13:
9780198186793
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
A Note on the Texts
Introduction1
1The value of poetry in education57
2Earl of Surrey, Epitaph on Wyatt70
3An English rhetoric73
4Tragedy and God's judgements125
5Death of the poet Collingbourne128
6On imitation140
7A primer of English poetry162
8The morality of comedy172
9Pastoral poetry revived and explained175
10English poetics and rhetoric190
11Allegory and the chivalric epic297
12An apology for Ariosto: poetry, epic, morality302
13How to write love poetry325
14In praise of Sidney's Arcadia333
15A defence of poetry336
16The proper difficulty of poetry392
17In praise of religious poetry395
18Sidney's Arcadia and the rhetoric of English prose398
19Classical metres suitable for English poetry428
20Classical metres unsuitable for English poetry441
21Rhymes against rhyme454
22Imitatio and its excesses; Poetry, rhetoric, and the imagination457
23The moral function of poetry469
24A defence of drama474
25On pastoral tragicomedy502
26Against obscurity in love poetry504
27George Chapman, On translating and defending Homer512
28The faults of contemporary drama526
29Ben Jonson's literary table-talk528
30A tribute to Shakespeare537
31Elegy on John Fletcher541
32A defence of drama546
33Donne the renewer of English poetry554
34Notes on literature558
35The making of a Christian poet590
36On epic poetry607
Further Reading626
Glossary629
Index of Names647
Index of Topics652

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