Epilogue: ‘Continuell chaunge’

Chris Stamatakis

in Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Rhetoric of Rewriting

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644407
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738821 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Epilogue: ‘Continuell chaunge’

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This concluding chapter analyses the idea of the literary ‘device’ as it is handled by Wyatt and his immediate literary successors—the poets emerging from the Inns of Court literary sphere and, after them, Sir Philip Sidney. Verse forms that seem to be marked by repetition, enclosure and entrapment offer opportunities for variation, turning and renewal. Wyatt’s poems are often written in a grammar that privileges incompletion and conditionality: this resistance to finality suggests a readerly obligation to perform and fulfil inert texts. Attention is given to Wyatt’s rondeau ‘Behold love’, as it is edited and repurposed for different material contexts and specific audiences. Finally, this chapter glances ahead to the paradigms of textual community, the models of epistolary conversation and the rhetoric of rewriting that are common to both Wyatt’s verse and also the poetry composed by the next generation of wordsmiths (among them Googe, Tubervile, Gascoigne and Sidney).

Keywords: Wyatt; device; incompletion; grammar; Barnabe Googe; George Tubervile; George Gascoigne; Sir Philip Sidney; editing; literary community

Chapter.  7766 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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