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‘Lords of Wine and Oile’

Edited by Ruth Connolly and Tom Cain

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604777
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729355 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604777.001.0001
‘Lords of Wine and Oile’

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The first such collection to be issued since 1991, the essays presented here read Herrick’s poetry in the context of his literary, musical, political, and religious affiliations and look at how he both presents and constructs ideals of community in his work. Herrick is best known for his poetry’s grace, good humour, and a spirit of tolerant inclusiveness at odds with the publication of his work close to the end of the Civil Wars. This collection places Herrick’s poetry in a much wider chronological context beginning with his early career as a manuscript poet in Jacobean London. Contributors use original research to situate Herrick within the coteries of Ben Jonson and Thomas Stanley, to uncover the royalism of Herrick’s publishers and identify the printer of Hesperides. Others examine how the context of publication in 1648 gives a political colouring to Herrick’s imitations of Ovid and Anacreon and how Herrick, like Katherine Philips, uses the theme of friendship and the mode of print to construct an idea of the autonomous author. Two essays explore Herrick’s musical collaborations with Henry Lawes, the first such work since 1976, and analyse the influence of musical settings and group performance on the interpretation of Herrick’s lyrics. The collection also showcases an important debate on the challenges posed by Herrick’s work for formalist, historicist, and postmodernist literary criticism. Contributors include Stella Achilleos, Line Cottegnies, John Creaser, Achsah Guibbory, Stacey Jocoy, Leah Marcus, Katharine Eisaman Maus, Nicholas McDowell, Michelle O’Callaghan, Graham Parry, Syrithe Pugh, and Richard Wistreich.

Keywords: Herrick; Hesperides; seventeenth-century lyric; literary community; sociability; coteries; print; orality; manuscript; classical influences

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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