John Barclay's ‘Camella’ Poems

John T. Gilmore

in African Athena

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595006
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731464 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

John Barclay's ‘Camella’ Poems

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This chapter explores how a particular concept of blackness is used in a small group of early seventeenth-century literary texts, which were written in Latin by John Barclay (1582–1621). John Barclay is a well-known writer of the period, and his ‘Camella’ poems achieved a wide circulation through their appearance in several printed collections. In some ways these poems parallel what has been called the ‘ugly beauty’ tradition in poems written in English in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, of which Shakespeare's ‘dark lady’ sonnets are the best-known examples.

Keywords: blackness; seventeenth-century literary texts; John Barclay; ugly beauty; Shakespeare; poems

Chapter.  6185 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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