In The Reinvention of Love Anthony Low argues that cultural, economic and political change transformed the way poets from Sidney to Milton thought and wrote about love. Examining the interface between social, political and economic practices and individual psyches, as reflected in literary texts, Professor Low illuminates the connections between material circumstances, perceptions, and ideals. Through detailed readings of the work of Sidney, Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, Carew, and Milton, he shows how from the late sixteenth century poets struggled to replace the older Petrarchan tradition with a form of love in harmony with a changing world, and to reconcile human love and sacred devotion. Donne fled the social world; Carew made new accommodations with it; Milton revised it. For Milton, sacred love, cut off from communal norms, verges on hatred, while married love takes on the burden of assuaging loneliness in 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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- 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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