Architectonics of Imitation in Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton

by David Galbraith

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division | September 8, 2000 | Hardcover

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This ground-breaking study explores the treatment of the boundaries between poetry and history in three epic literary works: Spenser''s Faerie Queene, Samuel Daniel''s Civil Wars, and Michael Drayton''s Poly-Olbion. David Galbraith argues that each of the three national poems enters into a dialogue with classical and more contemporary predecessors and that this relationship has profound implications for understanding the English Renaissance. He explores the importance for each poem of various aspects of the relationship between England and Rome and the significance of the recurring spatial metaphors by which the territories of poetry and history are constituted, negotiated, and traversed. By presenting historically and theoretically inflected readings of the poems, Galbraith gives new interpretation to important problems of allegory and poetic imitation.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 312 pages, 9.26 × 6.27 × 0.92 in

Published: September 8, 2000

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802044514

ISBN - 13: 9780802044518

Found in: History and Criticism, Poetry History and Criticism

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Architectonics of Imitation in Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton

by David Galbraith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 312 pages, 9.26 × 6.27 × 0.92 in

Published: September 8, 2000

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802044514

ISBN - 13: 9780802044518

About the Book

Exploring the boundaries between poetry and history on three of England's epic literary works, Galbraith argues that they enter into a dialogue with classical and contemporary predecessors with implications for understanding the English Renaissance.

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This ground-breaking study explores the treatment of the boundaries between poetry and history in three epic literary works: Spenser''s Faerie Queene, Samuel Daniel''s Civil Wars, and Michael Drayton''s Poly-Olbion. David Galbraith argues that each of the three national poems enters into a dialogue with classical and more contemporary predecessors and that this relationship has profound implications for understanding the English Renaissance. He explores the importance for each poem of various aspects of the relationship between England and Rome and the significance of the recurring spatial metaphors by which the territories of poetry and history are constituted, negotiated, and traversed. By presenting historically and theoretically inflected readings of the poems, Galbraith gives new interpretation to important problems of allegory and poetic imitation.

About the Author

David Galbraith is in the English Department at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

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