The House of Death: Messages from the English Renaissance

JHU Press, 24 de març 2020 - 320 pàgines

Originally published in 1986. In The House of Death, Arnold Stein studies the ways in which English poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries imagined their own ends and wrote of the deaths of those they loved or wished to honor. Drawing on a wide range of texts in both poetry and prose, Stein examines the representations, images, and figurative meanings of death from antiquity to the Renaissance. A major premise of the book is that commonplaces, conventions, and the established rules for thinking about death did not prevent writers from discovering the distinctive in it. Eloquent readings of Raleigh, Donne, Herbert, and others capture the poets approaching their own death or confronting the death of others. Marvell's lines on the execution of Charles are paired with his treatment of the dead body of Cromwell; Henry King and John Donne both write of their late wives; Ben Jonson mourns the death of a first son and a first daughter. For purposes of comparison, the governing perspective of the final chapter is modern.

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With great skill, Stein sets forth the ideas of death that were current during the Renaissance, in part by examining in detail the poems in which great poets (e.g., Donne and Herbert) contemplate ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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PART THREE On the Death of Someone Else
PainDifficulty Ease
Personal and Public Expressions
Episodes in the Progress of Death
PART FOUR Expression
Preliminary Views
Thought and Images

Tichbornes Elegy 6 Dying in Jest and Earnest Raleigh
John Donne
George Herbert
The Plaudite or end of life
Images of Reflection
Reasoning by Resemblances

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Arnold Stein, formerly Sir William Osler Professor of English Literature at Johns Hopkins University, was professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Among his previous books are John Donne's Lyrics: The Eloquence of Action and The Art of Presence: The Poet and "Paradise Lost." His George Herbert's Lyrics is also from Johns Hopkins University Press.

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