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Grief and English Renaissance Elegy
     

Grief and English Renaissance Elegy

by G. W. Pigman, III, III Pigman, Pigman III G. W.
 

ISBN-10: 0521268710

ISBN-13: 9780521268714

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

For most of the sixteenth century, English poets were clearly anxious about the grief expressed in their funeral poems and often rebuked themselves for indulging in it, but towards the end of the century this defensiveness about mourning became less pressing and persistent. The shift is part of a wider cultural change which has escaped recognition: the

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For most of the sixteenth century, English poets were clearly anxious about the grief expressed in their funeral poems and often rebuked themselves for indulging in it, but towards the end of the century this defensiveness about mourning became less pressing and persistent. The shift is part of a wider cultural change which has escaped recognition: the emergence of a more compassionate attitude towards the process of mourning. In charting the development of elegy this book analyses poems by Surrey, Spenser, Jonson, Henry King and Milton, and also surveys a wide range of forgotten verse, both English and neo-Latin, as well as letter-writing handbooks and moral-theological tracts. The book culminates in a detailed study of the most famous elegy in the language, Milton's Lycidas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521268714
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The angry consoler; 2. The emergence of compassionate moderation; 3. Praise and mourning; 4. The shift from anxious elegy; 5. Surrey and Spenser; 6. Jonson and King; 7. Milton; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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