Reading Sixteenth-Century Poetry / Edition 1

Reading Sixteenth-Century Poetry / Edition 1

by Patrick Cheney
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405169540

ISBN-13: 9781405169547

Pub. Date: 05/17/2011

Publisher: Wiley

Reading Sixteenth-Century Poetry combines close readings of individual poems with a critical consideration of the historical context in which they were written. Informative and original, this book has been carefully designed to enable readers to understand, enjoy, and be inspired by sixteenth-century poetry.

  • Close reading of a wide variety of

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Overview

Reading Sixteenth-Century Poetry combines close readings of individual poems with a critical consideration of the historical context in which they were written. Informative and original, this book has been carefully designed to enable readers to understand, enjoy, and be inspired by sixteenth-century poetry.

  • Close reading of a wide variety of sixteenth-century poems, canonical and non-canonical, by men and by women, from print and manuscript culture, across the major literary modes and genres
  • Poems read within their historical context, with reference to five major cultural revolutions: Renaissance humanism, the Reformation, the modern nation-state, companionate marriage, and the scientific revolution
  • Offers in-depth discussion of Skelton, Wyatt, Surrey, Isabella Whitney, Gascoigne, Philip Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Mary Sidney Herbert, Donne, and Shakespeare
  • Presents a separate study of all five of Shakespeare’s major poems - Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, 'The Phoenix and Turtle,' the Sonnets, and A Lover's Complaint- in the context of his dramatic career
  • Discusses major works of literary criticism by Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, Philip Sidney, George Puttenham, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Seamus Heaney, Adrienne Rich, and Helen Vendler

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405169547
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Reading Poetry Series, #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,412,994
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

The Pleasures and Uses of Sixteenth-Century Poetry.

Part I 1500–1558. Reading Early Tudor Poetry: Henrician, Edwardian, Marian.

1 Voice.

The Poetic Style of Character: Plain and Eloquent Speaking.

2 Perception.

The Crisis of the Reformation, or, What the Poet Sees: Self, Beloved, God.

3 World.

The Poet’s Ecology of Place: Sky, Sea, Soil.

4 Form.

The Idea of a Poem: Elegy, Pastoral, Sonnet, Satire, Epic.

5 Career.

The Role of the Poet in Society: Skelton, Wyatt, and Surrey.

Part II 1558–1600. Reading Elizabethan Poetry.

6 Voice.

The Poetic Style of Character: From Plain Eloquence to the Metaphysical Sublime.

7 Perception.

What the Poet Sees, and the Advent of Modern Personage: Desire, Idolatry, Transport, Partnership.

8 World.

The Poet’s Ecology of Place: Cosmos, Colony, Country.

9 Form.

Fictions of Poetic Kind: Pastoral, Sonnet, Epic, Minor Epic, Hymn.

10 Career.

The Role of the Poet in Society: Whitney, Spenser, and Marlowe.

Part III A Special Case.

11 Shakespeare: Voice, Perception, World, Form, Career.

Conclusion.

Retrospective Poetry: Donne and the End of Sixteenth-Century Poetry.

Bibliography.

Index.

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