Poets and Power from Chaucer to Wyatt by Robert J. Meyer-LeePoets and Power from Chaucer to Wyatt by Robert J. Meyer-Lee

Poets and Power from Chaucer to Wyatt

byRobert J. Meyer-Lee

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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In the early fifteenth century, English poets responded to a changed climate of patronage, instituted by Henry IV and successor monarchs, by inventing a new tradition of public and elite poetry. Following Chaucer and others, Hoccleve and Lydgate brought to English verse a style and subject matter writing about their King, nation, and themselves, and their innovations influenced a continuous line of poets running through and beyond Wyatt. A crucial aspect of this tradition is its development of ideas and practices associated with the role of poet laureate. Robert J. Meyer-Lee examines the nature and significance of this tradition as it developed from the fourteenth century to Tudor times, tracing its evolution from one author to the next. This study illuminates the relationships between poets and political power and makes plain the tremendous impact this verse has had on the shape of English literary culture.
Title:Poets and Power from Chaucer to WyattFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521117062

ISBN - 13:9780521117067


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Notes on citations; Introduction: laureates and beggars; Part I. Backgrounds: 1. Laureate poetics; Part II. The First Lancastrian Poets: 2. John Lydgate: the invention of the English laureate; 3. Thomas Hoccleve: beggar laureate; Part III. From Lancaster to Early Tudor: 4. Lydgateanism; 5. The trace of Lydgate: Stephen Hawes, Alexander Barclay, and John Skelton; Epilogue: Sir Thomas Wyatt: anti-laureate; Notes; Works cited; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The richness of Mayor-Lee's study is suggested by its range....this is a book not to be read quickly. Its arguments - about poetic authority, voicing, the evolution of a national culture, and patronage -are well worked out and, in many cases, provocative. Meyer- Lee also provides rewarding discussions of Gower, Chaucer, and Christine de Pisan....Such a well-written, well-conceived, and well-researched book deserves attention as a serious and graceful attempt to understand late-medieval culture as a literary politics that did much to shape our understanding of public poetry, or of the poet's public voice." Lynn Staley, Speculum- A Journal of Medieval Studies