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Indecorous thinking : figures of speech in early modern poetics

Indecorous thinking : figures of speech in early modern poetics

Author: Colleen Ruth Rosenfeld
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Indecorous Thinking is a study of artifice at its most conspicuous: it argues that early modern writers turned to figures of speech like simile, antithesis, and periphrasis as the instruments of a particular kind of thinking unique to the emergent field of vernacular poesie. The classical ideal of decorum described the absence of visible art as a precondition for rhetoric, civics, and beauty: speaking well meant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works to 1800
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Early works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colleen Ruth Rosenfeld
ISBN: 9780823277919 0823277917 9780823277926 0823277925
OCLC Number: 990373146
Description: vii, 308 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Inventing figures of speech --
Figure pointing in the humanist schoolroom --
Queenly fig trees: figures of speech and decorum --
Such as might best be: simile in Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene --
Fighting words: antithesis in Philip Sidney's Arcadia --
Withholding words: periphrasis in Mary Wroth's Urania.
Responsibility: Colleen Ruth Rosenfeld.


Indecorous Thinking argues that early modern writers including Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, and Mary Wroth challenged humanism's increasingly dogmatic conflation of truth with plainness by treating  Read more...


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