9780415106474

Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry

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    9780415106474

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    0415106478

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1994-12-19
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Humanism, Allegory, Plato, St. Paul. These were among the names and subjects which formed the basic frame of reference for Renaissance poets. Yet today's reader can approach the poems of Spenser, Milton, Donne et al with a sense of trepidation, having no knowledge of Greek or Latin and only a hazy acquaintance of the Bible and the fundamentals of Christianity.This second edition of Isabel Rivers' seminal and much loved text will be a boon to teachers and students of poetry. Rivers guides the reader around classical and Christian ideas, illustrating how Renaissance poetry draws on these ideas and suggesting where the reader can find out more.A new introduction and fully updated bibliography make this an indispensible tool for the study of English poetry.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vi
Preface to the First Edition viii
Introduction: Renaissance Poetry and Modern Readers 1(8)
The Golden Age and the Garden of Eden
9(11)
The Pagan Gods
20(13)
Platonism and Neoplatonism
33(11)
Stoicism
44(10)
Views of History
54(14)
Cosmology
68(20)
Reformation and Counter-Reformation
88(18)
Protestant Theology
106(19)
Humanism
125(15)
Biblical Exegesis and Typology
140(10)
Theories of Poetry
150(10)
Allegory
160(10)
Numerology
170(13)
A Note on the Division of Historical Periods 183(1)
Abbreviations 184(1)
References 185(8)
Further Reading 193(12)
Bibliographical Appendix 205(1)
A English Renaissance Authors 205(1)
B Classical, Medieval and Continental Renaissance Authors 206(23)
Author Index 229

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