Lyric Poetry

William J. Kennedy

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:
Lyric Poetry

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Over the past two decades, critical emphases on social, cultural, and political topics in literary studies have greatly enriched our understanding and appreciation of poetic texts. Scholarship and critical reading have approached European Renaissance texts with an urgency that speaks even to the crises and divisions of our own troubled times, whether in terms of gender, social class, religion, language, or racial difference. In some cases, critics have approached individual poems as documentary evidence to support their interpretations of history. Occasionally, this approach forfeits the subtlety and powerful nuance of poetry whose formal features might complicate rather than clarify difficult themes. Older academic criticism has produced many fine analyses of form and meaning still worth learning from, and most of the recent studies in this bibliography continue to refer to them. The task now is to shore up the gains of every approach, building on an understanding of how poetry works so as to enter the alien yet somehow familiar world of the Renaissance past with fresh eyes, open minds, and lively expectations.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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