Epic Romance: Homer to Milton

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byColin Burrow

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Epic Romance: Homer to Milton presents a comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer, through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and the host of minor writers who helped create the idiom within which these writers worked, to the idiom within which these writers worked, to the indiviudalauthors in historical context link to develop a powerful explanation of how and why the epic changed from Homer to Milton. Dr Burrow shows how the romance hero, whose prime motives are love and pity, emerged from a sequence of reinterpretations of Homer which runs from Virgil's Aeneid and its medieval redactions to Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Relating the emergence of the romance hero to the digressive, decentred formof romance, the author explores how later writers sought to control the digressive energies of the romance hero and to create a language and form of heroism more like those of classical epic. This analysis leads to a fresh account of the way in which Renaissance writers responded to, and movedtentatively towards, the writing of the past. Arguing against the view that Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and Milton were engaged ina battle for mastery over their predecessors, Dr Burrow reveals how they transformed they received intrepreations of past epic in order to draw closer to the narrative formsof their classical forebears.

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Epic Romance: Homer to Milton presents a comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer, through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and the host of minor writers who helped create the idiom within which these writers worked, to the idiom within which these writers worked, to the indiviudalauthors in historical context link to develo...

Colin Burrow is at University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198117949

ISBN - 13:9780198117940

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`Burrow's generally careful mapping of the emotions pity, fear, rage, and compassion from Homer to Milton is a refreshing approach in creating an alliance between epic and romance ... Notes are rich and insightful, the bibliography is sound, and never at any point in the book do secondarysources swallow the argument.'Robert T. Behunin, South Utah University, Ben Jonson Journal