'Hers will I be, and onely with this thought
Content my selfe, although my chaunce be nought'
Songs and Sonnets (1557), the first printed anthology of English poetry, was immensely influential in Tudor England, and inspired major Elizabethan writers including Shakespeare. Collected by pioneering publisher Richard Tottel, it brought poems of the aristocracy - verses of friendship, war, politics, death and above all of love - into wide common readership for the first time. The major poets of Henry VIII's court, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, were first printed in the volume. Wyatt's intimate poem about lost love which begins 'They flee from me, that sometime did me seke', and Surrey's passionate sonnet 'Complaint of a lover rebuked' are joined in the miscellany by a large collection of diverse, intriguingly anonymous poems both moral and erotic, intimate and universal.
Amanda Holton and Tom MacFaul's introduction considers the tumultuous political backdrop to these works and the fascinating and often dangerous lives of their authors. An extensive notes section detailing the poems' sources in Classical and Petrarchan writing is accompanied by suggestions for further reading.
Edited with an introduction and notes by AMANDA HOLTON and TOM MacFAUL.
About The Author
Tom MacFaul lectures in Renaissance poetry and drama at Corpus Christi college, Oxford. His books include Male Friendship in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (2007) and Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson (2010). Amanda Holton is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton, and a specialist in Old and Middle English and the English language. Her books include The Sources of Chaucer's Poetics (2008).
|Further Reading||p. xxviii|
|Note on the Text||p. xxxi|
|Tottel's Miscellany||p. 1|
|Appendix: Poems from Q1 excluded from Q2 and later editions||p. 327|
|List of Poem Genres||p. 536|
|Index of Verse Forms||p. 538|
|Index of First Lines with Poem Number||p. 540|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 4th December 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1