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Proportional Form in the Sonnets of the Sidney Circle : Loving in Truth - Tom W. N. Parker

Proportional Form in the Sonnets of the Sidney Circle

Loving in Truth

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Published: 1st March 1998
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The structure of Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella is governed by a distinctive and complex set of proportions, found also in the sonnet sequences of Fulke Greville and Robert Sidney written under its influence. For all these works to be ordered around the same set of proportions indicates a remarkable degree of careful planning and precise execution, and in turn affects their meaning. The tremendous effort of constructing the sequences according to intricate mathematical patterns suggests that the patterns themselves held a particular significance, one that requires investigation for the light it throws on these authors' intentions in composition. In this study Tom Parker reveals cosmological ideas implicit in the form of Astrophil and Stella, ideas which not only undermine much of the romantic and biographically-based criticism of the sequence, but call into question how we should read the sonnet sequences that were influenced by Sidney, both within and beyond his immediate circle. As well as those of Greville and Robert Sidney, the book looks in detail at the sonnet sequences of Giordano Bruno, Mary Wroth, Henry Constable, Barnabe Barnes, and Michael Drayton, to determine the extent to which the sonnet vogue of the 1590s incorporated Sidney's broader cosmological concerns.

Introduction 1: Philip Sidney and Proportional Form - Astrophil and Stella, Certaine Sonets, and Bruno's De gli eroici furori 2: Fulke Greville and Proportional Form - Caelica in Manuscript and Print 3: Proportional Form in the Poetry of Robert Sidney and Mary Wroth 4: Henry Constable and Proportional Form - Diana and Spirituall Sonettes 5: Barnabe Barnes and Proportional Form - Parthenophil and Parthenophe and Divine Centurie of Spirituall Sonnets 6: Michael Drayton and Proportional Form - Idea and Other Poems Conclusion Illustrations of Proportional Form Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198184430
ISBN-10: 0198184433
Series: Oxford English Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st March 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.48 x 21.84  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.48