Psalm Culture and Early Modern English Literature by Hannibal HamlinPsalm Culture and Early Modern English Literature by Hannibal Hamlin

Psalm Culture and Early Modern English Literature

byHannibal Hamlin

Paperback | May 28, 2007

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Examining the influence of the biblical Psalms on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, this study explores the imaginative, beautiful and ingenious as well as sometimes ludicrous and improbable ways in which the Psalms were 'translated'. Spanning ancient Israel to Renaissance and Reformation England, the book focuses on literature of major writers that ranges from Shakespeare and Milton to less prominent ones: George Gascoigne, Mary Sidney Herbert, and George Wither.
Hannibal Hamlin is Assistant Professor of English at Ohio State University, Mansfield.
Title:Psalm Culture and Early Modern English LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:May 28, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521037069

ISBN - 13:9780521037068


Table of Contents

List of figures; Acknowledgements; Note on the text; Introduction; Part I. English Metrical Psalmody; 1. 'Very mete to be used of all sortes of people': The 'Sternhold and Hopkins' psalter; 2. 'Out-Sternholding Sternhold': some rival psalters; 3. The Psalms and English poetry I: 'Greece from us these Arts deriv'd': psalms and the English quantitative movement; 4. The Psalms and English Poetry II: 'The highest matter in the noblest forme': psalms and the development of English verse; Part II. Case Studies in Psalm Translation: 5. 'Happy me! O happy sheep!': Renaissance pastoral and Psalm 23; 6. Psalm 51: sin, sacrifice and the 'Sobbes of a Sorrowfull Soule'; 7. Psalm 137: singing the Lord's song in a strange land; Conclusion; Appendix: Psalms 23, 51, and 137 (Coverdale translation); Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"along with the careful treatment of the translational idiosyncrasies by a wide breadth of authors ranging in renown and gender, Hamlin's monograph does an admirable job of treating both the larger contextual and historical picture as well as the specifics of individual metrical psalm works." - Sara Choi, Boston College