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Grief and English Renaissance Elegy - G. W. Pigman

Grief and English Renaissance Elegy

Hardcover Published: 29th March 1985
ISBN: 9780521268714
Number Of Pages: 196

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For most of the sixteenth century, English poets were clearly anxious about the grief expressed in their funeral poems and often rebuked themselves for indulging in it, but towards the end of the century this defensiveness about mourning became less pressing and persistent. The shift is part of a wider cultural change which has escaped recognition: the emergence of a more compassionate attitude towards the process of mourning. In charting the development of elegy this book analyses poems by Surrey, Spenser, Jonson, Henry King, and Milton, and also surveys a wide range of forgotten verse, both English and neo-Latin, as well as letter-writing handbooks and moral-theological tracts. The book culminates in a detailed study of the most famous elegy in the language, Milton's Lycidas.

The angry consoler
The emergence of compassionate moderation
Praise and mourning
The shift from anxious elegy
Surrey and Spenser
Jonson and King
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ISBN: 9780521268714
ISBN-10: 0521268710
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 29th March 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.4