Thomas Watson’s <i>Hekatompathia</i> and European Petrarchism

Stephen Clucas

in Petrarch in Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264133
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734649 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 146

Thomas Watson’s Hekatompathia and European Petrarchism

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This chapter examines Thomas Watson's Hekatompathia, the first Petrarchan sonnet sequence in English. It explains the use of Hekatompathia to investigate the status of imitation in late sixteenth-century Europe. It analyses the variety of ways in which Watson articulates the relationship between his poems and the originals, from faithful, line-by-line renderings to various kinds of partial translation, to centoni and paraphrase.

Keywords: Thomas Watson; Hekatompathia; Petrarchan sonnet; literary imitation; poems; partial translation

Chapter.  4610 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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