Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance

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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...
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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.


"One of the most important critical books of the last twenty years.... The book concludes with a characteristically thoughtful and generous afterword on developments in the field. It will be an education for all those interested in historically based literary studies to observe Norbrook thinking through these developments."--Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 Praise for the previous edition: "This bold, finely researched and well-written book should have a decisive effect on our thinking about the poetry of the English Renaissance."--Frank Kermode, Times Literary Supplement

"This is a successfully ambitious book.... makes better sense than any I know of the relation of poetry in this period to the pre-revolutionary world in which the poets lived.'"--Christopher Hill, Notes and Queries

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Review from previous edition: 'He aims to correct the distortions of history we have all inherited, and in bringing off that ambition he has written a book of exceptional interest. Nothing he discusses will be quite the same again. . . . This bold, finely researched and well-written book should have a decisive effect on our thinking about the poetry of the English Renaissance."--Frank Kermode, Times Literary Supplement

"'valuable insistence on political content . . . Norbrook is far too subtle a critic to imagine that his writers used art merely as a vehicle for political opinions.'"--Blair Worden, London Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199247189
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Revised Edition
Preface
1. The 'Utopia' and Radical Humanism
2. The Reformation and Prophetic Poetry
3. 'The Shepheardes Calender': Prophecy and the Court
4. Sidney and Political Pastoral
5. 'The Faerie Queene' and Elizabethan Politics
6. Voluntary Servitude: Fulke Greville and the Arts of Power
7. Jonson and the Jacobean Peace, 1603-16
8. The Spenserians and King James, 1603-16
9. Crisis and Reaction, 1617-28
10. The Politics of Milton's Early Poetry
Chronological Table
Index

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