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Torquato Tasso : A Study of the Poet and of his Contribution to English Literature - C. P. Brand

Torquato Tasso

A Study of the Poet and of his Contribution to English Literature

Paperback Published: 25th November 2010
ISBN: 9780521157551
Number Of Pages: 344

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This 1965 volume was the first comprehensive study in English of the life and work of Torquato Tasso. Born in 1544, the son of a famous poet, Tasso was himself one of the greatest Italian poets. Dr Brand here reassesses his writings to illustrate the essential qualities of his poetry, and estimates his contribution to English literature on which, and in particular on Spenser and Milton, his influence was profound. Tasso is a complex and difficult writer. He was a weak man, who was easily affected by external pressures, and his greatness lay almost entirely in his writings. Dr Brand suggest how we should reconcile his poetic genius with his weakness and shows how much these external pressures - his imprisonment, the Inquisition, his critics - affected him. Students of Italian literature will welcome this book, and students of English literature will also find it an important contribution to their study.

Prefacep. v
Platesp. x
Bibliographical Notep. xi
The Poet and his Work
Life and lettersp. 3
The Amintap. 38
The epic: preparationp. 53
The epic: the Gerusalemme Liberatap. 79
The epic: aftermathp. 119
The lyricp. 133
The minor worksp. 167
Tasso in England
The legend of Tasso's lifep. 205
The Gerusalemme Liberata in Englandp. 226
Tasso's Aminta and lyrics in Englandp. 277
Notesp. 309
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780521157551
ISBN-10: 0521157552
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 25th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.45