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The Elizabethan world picture

Author: E M W Tillyard
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1959?]
Series: Modern Library paperbacks, P53.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This brief and illuminating account of the ideas of world order prevalent in the Elizabethan age and later is an indispensable companion for readers of the great writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - Shakespeare and the Elizabethan dramatists, Donne and Milton, among many others. The basic medieval idea of an ordered Chain of Being is studied by Professor Tillyard in the process of its various  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E M W Tillyard
OCLC Number: 1963444
Notes: Reprint of the 1943 ed. published by Chatto & Windus, London.
Description: ix, 116 pages ; 19 cm.
Series Title: Modern Library paperbacks, P53.
Responsibility: E.M.W. Tillyard.

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This brief and illuminating account of the ideas of world order prevalent in the Elizabethan age and later is an indispensable companion for readers of the great writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - Shakespeare and the Elizabethan dramatists, Donne and Milton, among many others. The basic medieval idea of an ordered Chain of Being is studied by Professor Tillyard in the process of its various transformations by the dynamic spirit of the Renaissance. Among his topics are: Angels; the Stars and Fortune; the Analogy between the Macrocosm and the Microcosm; the Four Elements; the Four Humours; Sympathies; Correspondences; and the Cosmic Dance--ideas and symbols which inspirited the minds and imaginations not only of the Elizabethans but of all men of the Renaissance.

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