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The Icy Fire : Five Studies in European Petrarchism - Leonard Forster

The Icy Fire

Five Studies in European Petrarchism

Paperback Published: 30th April 1979
ISBN: 9780521295215
Number Of Pages: 228

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In this short introductory book, Professor Forster examines Petrarchism as a European phenomenon transcending national boundaries. He begins with a general survey of themes and conventions, providing, with quotation, something like a repertory of the devices. He then shows in an important historical study how various vernacular literatures were seeking for a renewal of poetic diction at the moment when Petrarchism was available to meet the need. The third study examines specific forms and shows how realism in love-relationships could be accommodated within the tradition. A fourth shows how the literary conventions, applied to England's Virgin queen, could serve political and national ends; and the last shows the devices still being used in Goethe's Faust. This is a learned and engaging book, ranging freely among literatures: Latin, Italian, French, Dutch, English, and German, with translations provided. It gives an introduction to one of the most important and longest-lasting traditions in comparative literary studies.

Introductory note
Notes on illustrations
The Petrarchan manner: an introduction
European petrarchism as training in poetic diction
Conventional safety values: alba, pastourelle and epithalamium
The political petrarchism of the Virgin Queen
Lynkeus' masque in Hoethe's Faust II
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ISBN: 9780521295215
ISBN-10: 0521295211
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 30th April 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.84 x 12.85  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.23