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Panegyric of the monarch and its social context under Elizabeth I and James I

Abstract: The thesis examines the relationship between poetry and politics underElizabeth and James, tracing certain changes in modes of artistic representationthrough historical analysis of particular masques and entertainments. Theintroductory chaper discusses the close connection between poetry and ceremonialin the Renaissance: in panegyric the poet's private imagination is subordinated topublic images, and his art is one of ceremonial ornamentation. Subsequentchapters discuss the effects of social, political and religious changes on thisceremonial poetic. Chapter 31 relates the political symbolism of Tho FaerieQueene to the tradition of pageantry on which it was based, and analyzes thegrowing tension in the later books between public and private vallies. Chapter IIIdiscusses the new developments of the 1590s, arguing that both in politics andin literature new tensions were being felt. The first part deals with the poetsassociated with Essex, the second with the poetry of Sir Walter Ralegh.Chapter IV discusses the effects on panegyric of the new, less external conceptsof decorum introduced by the writers of the plain style, with specialreference to FullcGreville and Samuel Daniel. Chapter Y deals with Jonson'smasques, showing that while in political concent they mirror the line taken bythe king and his more conservative advisers, in artistic form they display anambivalence characteristic of Jonson's work. Chapter VI discusses theJacobean poets wco imitated Spenser, showing the continuity of l.heir politicalconcerns from the public poetry of the 1590s and arguing that Spenserianpoetry, especially pastoral, became a protest against the corruption of theJacobean court. A newly discovered draft of a masque for the wedding ofPrincess Elizabeth in 1613 is included in an Appendix.

Type of Award:Dphil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Issue Date: 1978Identifiers

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Source identifier: 602329468 Item Description

Type: Thesis;

Language: eng Subjects: Early modern, 1500-1700 English literature History and criticism Laudatory poetry, English Political poetry, English Politics and literature Tiny URL: td:602329468


Autor: Norbrook, David - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of English Language and Literature - - - - Bibliographic Details



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