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The English Elegy : Studies in the Genre from Spenser to Yeats - Peter M. Sacks

The English Elegy

Studies in the Genre from Spenser to Yeats

Paperback Published: 19th February 1987
ISBN: 9780801834714
Number Of Pages: 392
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Peter Sacks explores the functions as well as the forms of convention in a book that is both an interpretive study of a genre and a series of close readings of individual poems. Moving from Spenser's "Astrophel" of 1595 to Yeats's "In Memory of Major Robert Gregory" of 1918, Sacks examines such elegiac motifs and conventions as the use of pastoral contexts, the employment of repetition and refrains, sudden outbursts of vengeful anger, and assertions of deflected sexual power. These and other elements of the elegy, he argues, are more than mere features of a conventionalized aesthetic design, they emerge as elements in the performance of the task of mourning. Book jacket.

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Sacks's careful readings, full of suggestive and learned observations ranging from the lexical to the mythic, give this booka cumulative effect that is almost as moving as the elegies themselves. * Journal of Modern Literature. *

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Interpreting the Genre: The Elegy and the Work of Mourningp. 1
Spenser: The Shepheardes Calender and "Astrophel"p. 38
Where Words Prevail Not: Grief, Revenge, and Language in Kyd and Shakespearep. 64
Milton: "Lycidas"p. 90
Jonson, Dryden, and Grayp. 118
Shelley: "Adonais"p. 138
Tennyson: In Memoriamp. 166
Swinburne: "Ave Atque Vale"p. 204
Hardy: "A Singer Asleep" and Poems of 1912-13p. 227
Yeats: "In Memory of Major Robert Gregory"p. 260
Epilogue: The English Elegy after Yeats, a Note on the American Elegyp. 299
Notesp. 329
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9780801834714
ISBN-10: 0801834716
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 19th February 1987
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56