Reading Sixteenth-Century Poetry
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Pleasures and Uses of Sixteenth-Century Poetry.
Part I 1500–1558. Reading Early Tudor Poetry: Henrician, Edwardian, Marian.
The Poetic Style of Character: Plain and Eloquent Speaking.
The Crisis of the Reformation, or, What the Poet Sees: Self, Beloved, God.
The Poet’s Ecology of Place: Sky, Sea, Soil.
The Idea of a Poem: Elegy, Pastoral, Sonnet, Satire, Epic.
The Role of the Poet in Society: Skelton, Wyatt, and Surrey.
Part II 1558–1600. Reading Elizabethan Poetry.
The Poetic Style of Character: From Plain Eloquence to the Metaphysical Sublime.
What the Poet Sees, and the Advent of Modern Personage: Desire, Idolatry, Transport, Partnership.
The Poet’s Ecology of Place: Cosmos, Colony, Country.
Fictions of Poetic Kind: Pastoral, Sonnet, Epic, Minor Epic, Hymn.
The Role of the Poet in Society: Whitney, Spenser, and Marlowe.
Part III A Special Case.
11 Shakespeare: Voice, Perception, World, Form, Career.
Retrospective Poetry: Donne and the End of Sixteenth-Century Poetry.