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Robert Southwell : snow in Arcadia : redrawing the English lyric landscape, 1586-95

Author: Anne Sweeney
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.
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"It has traditionally been held that Robert Southwell's poetry offers a curious view of Elizabethan England from the restricted perspective of a priest-hole. This book takes apart that idea - and the poetry - word by word and discovers layers of new meanings, hidden emblems, and sharp critiques of Elizabeth's courtiers, and even of the ageing queen herself." "Using the most recent edition of Southwell's poetry and  Read more...
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Sweeney, Anne.
Robert Southwell.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006
(OCoLC)607350889
Named Person: Robert Southwell, Saint; Robert (Schriftsteller) Southwell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Sweeney
ISBN: 0719074185 9780719074189
OCLC Number: 71238968
Description: x, 316 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Ben Jonson's admiration for Southwell's 'burning Babe --
1. Rome : the discernment of angels --
2. The Spiritual Exercises : the 'inward eie' --
3. Hidden ways and secret veins : into England --
4. The flight of angels : England's altered confidence --
5. Snow in Arcadia : rewriting the English lyric landscape --
6. Southwell's war of words --
7. The 'performing word' : Southwell's sacralised poetic --
8. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Anne Sweeney.

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Robert Southwell's poetic view of Spenser's, Signey's and Shakespeare's England is a cold one. This book close reads and contextualises his lighter lyric poetry and its connections to English  Read more...

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