Epic Romance: Homer to Milton

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This study presents a comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and the host of minor writers who helped create the idiom within which these writers worked, to the great achievements of Milton. Detailed studies of individual authors in historical context link to develop a powerful explanation of how and why the epic changed from Homer to Milton.
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"In this first-rate study, Burrow unites intelligence, clarity, wide reading in criticism, originality in viewing parallel situations exemplifying sympathy or pity, and humor."—Choice

"...it is a wonderful book—beautifully written, bold in thought, learned, stimulating, concerned with what is deeply and enduringly human. The "history of sympathy" that it relates rewrites the history of "epic romance," and it succeeds not only in sympathetically joining opposed generic terms, but also in bridging generations of readers and writers."—International Journal of the Classical Tradition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198117940
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
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Table of Contents

Note on Spelling and Abbreviations
'Hail, Muse! Etcetera' 1
1 Homer 11
The Iliad 15
The Odyssey 26
2 Virgil 34
3 Ariosto 52
4 Tasso 76
5 Spenser 100
Spenser and Ariosto: The Faerie Queene, Book III 102
Beyond Romance: Spenser and Tasso 120
Ending Epic Romance 139
6 Inglorious Spensers 147
Harington's Ariosto 148
Fairfax's Tasso 168
Raging Barons 180
7 Inglorious Miltons 200
Chapman's Iliads 200
Chapman's Odysseys: Paradise Lost 219
Death by Anatomy: Epic after Chapman 233
8 Milton 244
Early Milton: Wandering Muses Lost 244
The Genesis of Satan 250
The Romance of Hell 263
Falling in Love 275
Select Bibliography 290
Index 317
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