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Petrarch in Romantic England
     

Petrarch in Romantic England

by Edoardo Zuccato
 

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The Petrarchan revival in Romantic England was a unique phenomenon which involved an impressive number of scholars, translators and poets. It had no counterpart in any other European nation and it can be compared only to the Petrarchan fashion of the Renaissance. Its effects on poetry, fiction and scholarship were manifold and made themselves felt well into the

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The Petrarchan revival in Romantic England was a unique phenomenon which involved an impressive number of scholars, translators and poets. It had no counterpart in any other European nation and it can be compared only to the Petrarchan fashion of the Renaissance. Its effects on poetry, fiction and scholarship were manifold and made themselves felt well into the Victorian age. This book is the first study of the way Petrarch was read and rewritten, in prose and verse, by figures such as Thomas Gray, Sir William Jones, Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson, and the major Romantics from Wordsworth and Coleridge to Shelley, Keats, L.E.L. and Madame de Stael. Petrarch was the main driving force behind the revival of the sonnet and love poetry in the Romantic age, and he must be considered, more than Sappho and Dante, as a primary source of the lyric poetry of our time.

About the Author:
Edoardo Zuccato is based in the English Department at the Universita IULM, Milan, Italy

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'A superbly researched, highly readable and ground-breaking book, which provides a valuable new lens for understanding English Romantic poetry. Edoardo Zuccato offers a nuanced view of the way the sonnet tradition in Italian altered the English literary landscape.' - Paula R. Feldman, University of South Carolina, USA

'Zuccato shakes things up in Petrarch in Romantic England. [...] One of the strengths of this monograph lies in its ambition to find in Petrarchism more then superficial literary fashion. [...] Zuccato demonstates the extent to which sentiment, the sonnet, and Petrarch were highly connotative and so politicized.' - Alex MacMillan, Translation and Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230267428
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/30/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
642 KB

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