John Skelton, Priest As Poet: Seasons of Discovery

John Skelton, Priest As Poet: Seasons of Discovery

by Arthur F. Kinney


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Kinney shows how the Mass, the Divine Offices, and the liturgy underlie the themes and image clusters of Skelton's poems and argues that liturgical music, especially the plainsong, informs all of Skelton's meters. What emerges is the portrait of a consistent, determined, and imaginative poet in whose canon poetics is grounded in the marriage of teaching and preaching. The study sheds new light on the interrelationships of politics, poetry, and religion in Renaissance England.

Originally published in 1987.

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ISBN-13: 9780807865521
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/27/2011
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)

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This book finally dislodges the belief that Skelton's poems are cryptograms for which we have lost the key. With extraordinary erudition Arthur Kinney combines and completes recent investigations into the figural, liturgical, musical, and political dimensions of Skelton's canon and shows how even Elynour Rummyng is a product of Skelton's priestly integrity and zeal.—Annabel Patterson

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