Early Modern English Poetry: A Critical Companion

Paperback | September 26, 2006

EditorPatrick Cheney, Andrew Hadfield, Garrett A. Sullivan

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Early Modern English Poetry: A Critical Companion presents twenty-eight original essays on the major poems of the English Renaissance. Each essay is written by a leading scholar and examines a poem in the context of an important topic in early modern culture. The selections providegroundbreaking scholarship on subjects ranging from the invention of English verse, Petrarchism, pastoral, elegy, and satire to women's religious verse, the politics of town, the place of homoeroticism, and Cavalier poetry. An ideal supplement to both primary texts and anthologies of Renaissance literature, Early Modern English Poetry offers fresh approaches to poems by Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Aemilia Lanyer, John Donne, John Milton, and many others. The firstthree chapters set the rest of the volume in context with coverage of the sixteenth-century invention of verse, print and manuscript culture in early modern England, and Renaissance treatises on the art of poetry. The remaining chapters are structured around authors and their works--which are eachrelated to a specific issue in early modern culture--and organized chronologically according to the dates of composition or publication of the poems discussed. This innovative and flexible design corresponds perfectly with courses in which students first read a primary text and then expand theirunderstanding of the work with detailed critical commentary. The book is enhanced by a general introduction, recommended reading lists at the end of each chapter, and a chronology of Renaissance poetry tailored to the book's contents. Early Modern English Poetry provides an accessible introductionboth to a key selection of canonical poetic works in English and to historical and cultural topics that illuminate them.

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Early Modern English Poetry: A Critical Companion presents twenty-eight original essays on the major poems of the English Renaissance. Each essay is written by a leading scholar and examines a poem in the context of an important topic in early modern culture. The selections providegroundbreaking scholarship on subjects ranging from the...

Patrick Cheney is at The Pennsylvania State University. Andrew Hadfield is at University of Sussex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: Thematic and GenericPrefaceSelect Chronology, 1503-1681Introduction: Reading Renaissance PoetrySusanne Woods: 1. Inventing English VerseArthur F. Marotti: 2. Print, Manuscripts, and MiscellaniesPeter C. Herman: 3. Tudor and Stuart Defenses of PoetryCatherine Bates: 4. Wyatt, Surrey, and the Henrician CourtJohn N. King: 5. Spenser's May Eclogue and Mid-Tudor Religious PoetrySteven May: 6. Early Courtier Verse: Oxford, Dyer, and GascoigneWilliam J. Kennedy: 7. Sidney's Astrophil and Stella and PetrarchismBart van Es: 8. Spenserian PastoralJohn Watkins: 9. Spenser's Poetry and the ApocalypseElizabeth D. Harvey: 10. Spenser, Virginity, and SexualityWilliam A. Oram: 11. Raleigh, the Queen, and Elizabethan Court PoetryAlan Sinfield: 12. Marlowe's Erotic VerseJonathan Goldberg: 13. Literary Criticism, Literary History, and the Place of HomoeroticismLynn Enterline: 14. "The Phoenix and the Turtle," Renaissance Elegies, and the Language of GriefPatrick Cheney: 15. Shakespeare's Literary Career and Narrative PoetrySasha Roberts: 16. Shakespeare's Sonnets and English Sonnet SequencesDanielle Clarke: 17. Mary Sidney Herbert and Women's Religious VerseNaomi J. Miller: 18. Lady Mary Wroth and Women's Love PoetryAndrew Hadfield: 19. Donne's Songs and Sonets and Artistic IdentityAndrew McRae: 20. Satire and the Politics of TownAchsah Guibbory: 21. Donne's Religious Poetry and the Trauma of GraceHelen Wilcox: 22. Lanyer and the Poetry of Land and DevotionJulie Sanders: 23. Jonson, King, and CourtMichael Schoenfeldt: 24. Herbert, God, and KingLowell Gallagher: 25. Crashaw and Religious Bias in the Literary CanonLaura Lunger Knoppers: 26. Cavalier Poetry and Civil WarThomas Healy: 27. Marvell and PastoralBarbara K. Lewalski: 28. Milton, the Nativity Ode, the Companion Poems, and LycidasNotes on ContributorsIndex

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"In this densely packed, compact book, Kendall covers a great deal of territory, and delivers extremely sharp and insightful judgments and distinctions that also have the virtue of being relatively brief and pithy."--Stephen E. Tabachnick, English in Literary Transition