Yasmin Annabel Haskell

in Loyola's Bees

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262849
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734588 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs


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National loyalties and literary tastes generally compete with institutional and ideological alliances, as was the case of the Jesuits, where there was an unspoken conflict of taste between the classicism and patriotism of Rapin and the mannerisms of his Neopolitan contemporaries. Although Neopolitan Jesuits were aware of the existence of a Rapinian model, they were more inclined to imitate local, non-Jesuit, Latin authors. As with the literary terms, the didactic poems of Jesuits also exhibit diverse aims as various as their geographical and chronological contexts. Although their poems were dominated by individual aims and intentions, Jesuit didactic poetry nevertheless exhibited uniform lineament. Most Jesuit didactic poems were tailored after Virgil's Georgics and the Virgilian form. There were also various mechanisms of internal imitation wherein a group of poems share thematic preoccupations and stylistic idiosyncrasies. Jesuit didactic poetry is also characterized by an emphasis on experience and usefulness, on orderliness, on difficulty embraced and surmounted, and on efforts divinely ordained and rewarded.

Keywords: Jesuits; Rapin; Neopolitan Jesuits; Rapinian model; didactic poems; Jesuit didactic poetry; Virgil; Georgics; internal imitation

Chapter.  1360 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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