John Skelton And Poetic Authority: Defining the Liberty to Speak

Hardcover | February 23, 2006

byJane Griffiths

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John Skelton and Poetic Authority is the first book-length study of Skelton for almost twenty years, and the first to trace the roots of his poetic theory to his practice as a writer and translator. It demonstrates that much of what has been found challenging in his work may be attributed tohis attempt to reconcile existing views of the poet's role in society with discoveries about the writing process itself. The result is a highly idiosyncratic poetics that locates the poet's authority decisively within his own person, yet at the same time predicates his 'liberty to speak' upon theexistence of an engaged, imaginative audience. Skelton is frequently treated as a maverick, but this book places his theory and practice firmly in the context of later sixteenth as well as fifteenth-century traditions. Focusing on his relations with both past and present readers, it reassess hisplace in the English literary canon.

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John Skelton and Poetic Authority is the first book-length study of Skelton for almost twenty years, and the first to trace the roots of his poetic theory to his practice as a writer and translator. It demonstrates that much of what has been found challenging in his work may be attributed tohis attempt to reconcile existing views of th...

Jane Griffiths was born in Exeter but brought up in Holland. After reading English at Oxford, where her poem 'The House' won the Newdigate Prize, she worked as a bookbinder and lecturer in London and Norfolk. She subsequently returned to Oxford, where she completed her doctorate on John Skelton and worked as an assistant editor on the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:225 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.77 inPublished:February 23, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019927360X

ISBN - 13:9780199273607

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Introduction1. Titular identity: iorator regius/i, ipoet laureate/i, and ivates/i2. Amplifying memory: iThe Bibliotheca Historica of Diodorus Siculus/i3. 'A fals abstracte cometh from a fals concrete': representation and misrepresentation in iThe Bowge of Court/i and iMagnyfycence/i4. 'Shredis of sentence': imitation and interpretation in iSpeke Parrot/i5. Diverting authorities: the glosses to iSpeke Parrot/i, iA Replycacion/i, and iA Garlande of Laurell/i6. All in the mind: inspiration, improvisation, and the fantasy in iMagnyfycence/i and iA Replycacion/i7. Rewriting the record: Skelton's posthumous reputationConclusionSelect Bibliography