Vergil And The English Poets (volume 24)

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byElizabeth Nitchie

not yet rated|write a review
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V SPENSER AND THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE In view of the increased acquaintance with the Aeneid itself, it is not strange that in the sixteenth century the mediaeval ideas of the poem and of its author should gradually lose their hold on the imagination. There was, however, no decided break between the mediaeval and the Renaissance traditions of Vergil, and in the midst of the "new learning," some beliefs survived from the Middle Ages. Although the figure of Vergil the magician, never very popular in England, scarcely appears after the first quarter of the century, Hawes' Pastime of Pleasure contains the "basket story," and the publication of Doesborcke's Lyfe of Virgilius indicates that there was still in England about 1530 some interest in the stories which had been in such high favor on the continent. Practically the only reference after this, however, is the allusion in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus to learned Maro's golden tomb: The way he cut an English mile in length, Through a rock of stone in one night's space. But the jlesire of the Christian humanists to bringjall their knowledge to serve the interests of. the moral andreligious advancement of the human race, heJped_lQ_per.jpetuate the _ love for allegorical interpretation and___the belief in the moral purpose of the Aeneid, inherited from the days of Fulgentius and of John of Salisbury. Nor was this belief incompatible with a knowledge of the original. In fact, it depended on it, and so survived in the work of writers from Douglas to Spenser. Sir Philip Sidney, for example, reiterates in varying forms his belief that "no philosopher's precepts can sooner make you an honest man than the reading of Virgil." Douglas justified his translation of a pagan poet, and Spenser his use of allegory by refe...

Pricing and Purchase Info

$27.95

Out of stock online

From the Publisher

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V SPENSER AND THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE In view of the increased acquaintance with the Aeneid itself, it is not strange ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217905110

ISBN - 13:9780217905114

Customer Reviews of Vergil And The English Poets (volume 24)

Reviews