Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance: Revised Edition

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Renaissance English poetry was closely involved with affairs of state: some poets held high office, others wrote to influence those in power and to sway an increasingly independent public opinion. In this revised edition of his groundbreaking study, David Norbrook offers a clear account of the issues that engaged the passions of such leading figures as Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, and John Milton, and provides introductions to a host of neglected writers.

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Overview

Renaissance English poetry was closely involved with affairs of state: some poets held high office, others wrote to influence those in power and to sway an increasingly independent public opinion. In this revised edition of his groundbreaking study, David Norbrook offers a clear account of the issues that engaged the passions of such leading figures as Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, and John Milton, and provides introductions to a host of neglected writers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199247196
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgements 1984
Chronology
Introduction 1984 1
1 The Utopia and Radical Humanism 16
2 The Reformation and Prophetic Poetry 28
3 The Shepheardes Calender: Prophecy and the Court 53
4 Sidney and Political Pastoral 82
5 The Faerie Queene and Elizabethan Politics 97
6 Voluntary Servitude: Fulke Greville and the Arts of Power 140
7 Jonson and the Jacobean Peace, 1603-1616 155
8 The Spenserians and King James, 1603-1616 173
9 Crisis and Reaction, 1617-1628 199
10 The Politics of Milton's Early Poetry 224
Afterword 2002 270
Further Reading 317
Index 321
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