Covering the period 1520-1680, this Companion offers 46 essays which present an in-depth account of the context, production, and interpretation of early modern British poetry.
The most comprehensive collection of essays on Renaissance poetry on the market Covering the period 1520-1680, A Companion to Renaissance Poetry offers 46 essays which present an in-depth account of the context, production, and interpretation of early modern British poetry. It provides students with a deep appreciation for, and sensitivity toward, the ways in which poets of the period understood and fashioned a distinctly vernacular voice, while engaging them with some of the debates and departures that are currently animating the discipline. A Companion to Renaissance Poetry analyzes the historical, cultural, political, and religious background of the time, addressing issues such as education, translation, the Reformation, theorizations of poetry, and more. The book immerses readers in non-dramatic poetry from Wyatt to Milton, focusing on the key poetic genres--epic, lyric, complaint, elegy, epistle, pastoral, satire, and religious poetry. It also offers an inclusive account of the poetic production of the period by canonical and less canonical writers, female and male. Finally, it offers examples of current developments in the interpretation of Renaissance poetry, including economic, ecological, scientific, materialist, and formalist approaches. - Covers a wide selection of authors and texts - Features contributions from notable authors, scholars, and critics across the globe - Offers a substantial section on recent and developing approaches to reading Renaissance poetry A Companion to Renaissance Poetry is an ideal resource for all students and scholars of the literature and culture of the Renaissance period.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors ix Preface xvii Acknowledgments xx Part I Contexts 1 Transitions and Translations 3 1 The Medieval Inheritance of Early Tudor Poetry 3 Seth Lerer 2 Translation and Translations 16 A. E. B. Coldiron 3 Instructive Nymphs: Andrew Marvell on Pedagogy and Puberty 31 Lynn Enterline Religions and Reformations 50 4 Poetry and Sacrament in the English Renaissance 50 Gary Kuchar 5 "A sweetness ready penn'd"?: English Religious Poetics in the Reformation Era 63 Susannah Brietz Monta Authorships and Authorities 78 6 Manuscript Culture: Circulation and Transmission 78 Steven W. May and Arthur F. Marotti 7 Miscellanies in Manuscript and Print 103 Jonathan Gibson 8 Renaissance Authorship: Practice versus Attribution 115 Stephen B. Dobranski 9 Female Authorship 128 Wendy Wall 10 Stakes of Hagiography: Izaak Walton and the Making of the "Religious Poet" 141 Jonathan Crewe Defenses and Definitions 154 11 Theories and Philosophies of Poetry 154 Robert Matz 12 Tudor Verse Form: Rudeness, Artifice, and Display 166 Joseph Loewenstein 13 Genre: The Idea and Work of Literary Form 183 Patrick Cheney Part II Forms and Genres 199 Epic and Epyllion 201 14 Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene 201 Gordon Teskey 15 Paradise Lost: Experimental and Unorthodox Sacred Epic 214 David Loewenstein 16 Forms of Creativity in Lucy Hutchinson's Order and Disorder 227 Shannon Miller 17 The Epyllion 239 Jim Ellis Lyric 250 18 Petrarchism and Its Counterdiscourses: The Sonnet Tradition from Wyatt to Milton 250 Gordon Braden 19 Wyatt and Surrey: Songs and Sonnets 262 Chris Stamatakis 20 Synecdochic Structures in the Sonnet Sequences of Sidney and Spenser 276 Catherine Bates 21 "I am lunaticke": Michael Drayton, Samuel Daniel, and the Evolution of the Lyric 289 Danijela Kambaskovic ]Schwartz 22 Art and History Then: Reading Shakespeare's Sonnet 146 303 Christopher Warley 23 Metapoetry and the Subject of the Poem in Donne and Marvell 314 Barbara Correll 24 Jonson and the Cavalier Poets 325 Syrithe Pugh Complaint and Elegy 339 25 Complaint 339 Rosalind Smith, Michelle O'Callaghan, and Sarah C. E. Ross 26 Funeral Elegy 353 Andrea Brady Epistolary and Dialogic Forms 365 27 Letters of Address, Letters of Exchange 365 M. L. Stapleton 28 Answer Poetry and Other Verse "Conversations" 376 Cathy Shrank Satire, Pastoral, and Popular Poetry 389 29 Verse Satire 389 Michelle O'Callaghan 30 Proper Work, Willing Waste: Pastoral and the English Poet 401 Catherine Nicholson 31 Digging into "Veritable Dunghills": Re ]appreciating Renaissance Broadside Ballads 414 Patricia Fumerton Religious Poetry 432 32 Female Piety and Religious Poetry 432 Femke Molekamp 33 The Psalms 446 Hannibal Hamlin 34 Donne and Herbert 459 Helen Wilcox Part III Positions and Debates 471 35 Archipelagic Identities 473 Willy Maley 36 Chorography, Map ]Mindedness, Poetics of Place 485 Andrew Hadfield 37 Masculinity 498 Joseph Campana 38 Queer Studies 510 Stephen Guy ]Bray 39 Sensation, Passion, and Emotion 519 Douglas Trevor 40 The Body in Renaissance Poetry 531 Michael Schoenfeldt 41 Poetry and the Material Text 545 Adam Smyth 42 Science and Technology 557 Jessica Wolfe 43 Economic Criticism 570 William J. Kennedy 44 New Historicism, New Formalism, and Thy Darling in an Urn 583 Richard Strier 45 Allegory 595 Kenneth Borris 46 The Sublime 611 Patrick Cheney Index 628