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Through close reading of the work of Sidney, Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, Carew and Milton, Anthony Low argues that cultural, economic and political change transformed the way poets from Sidney to Milton thought and wrote about love. He shows how poets struggled to invent a form of love in harmony with the changing world. Sacred love, cut off from old traditions under cultural change, took on surprising new forms. Mutual or married love carried increasingly difficult burdens for lovers seeking shelter from loneliness or accomodation with a threatening world.Read more
- Author noted Renaissance scholar, chairman of New York University's prestigious English department
- Study of love in Renaissance poetry is topic of current interest
- Scholarly yet jargon-free consideration of the relationship between love and changing social circumstances
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"...an exemplary work of literary scholarship, occupying precisely the point of convergence between historical knowledge and critical insight into a specific poetic text." The Ben Jonson JournalSee more reviews
"...by an established scholar...it pushes the envelope of our knowledge..." Studies in English Literature
"...erudite and informative essay is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the 'female' gothic novel and its place in the romantic canon....A very fine collection of essays." Leslie Tannenbaum, Studies in Romanticism
"This perceptive and profoundly humane book offers a fresh and original perspective on the lines of development in Early Modern love poetry as well as a timely reassessment of the views of earlier critics...provides helpful insights into the thought of Milton and Donne in particular and a basis for qualifying and revaluing some of the major emphases of recent critical theory..." John M. Steadman, International Journal of the Classical Tradition
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- Date Published: July 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521070324
- length: 276 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.35kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Sir Philip Sidney: 'Huge desyre'
2. John Donne: 'Defects of lonelinesse'
3. John Donne: 'The Holy Ghost is amorous in his metaphors'
4. George Herbert: 'The best love'
5. Richard Crashaw: 'Love's delicious fire'
6. Thomas Carew: 'Fresh invention'
7. John Milton: 'Because we freely love'
8. John Milton: 'Haile wedded love'
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