Petrarch and the Scottish Renaissance Sonnet

Ronald D. S. Jack

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

Petrarch and the Scottish Renaissance Sonnet

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This chapter examines the Scottish Petrarchans before and after 1603 or the Union of the Crowns. It explains that Petrarch was initially resisted as a model for the connection between poetry and nationhood and that the Scottish sonnet became more anglicised when James VI became King of England and Scotland and Petrarchism became the more dominant lyrical influence. It considers three Scottish poets who exemplify this development of the Petrarchan sonnet, culminating in William Drummond of Hawthornden.

Keywords: Scottish Petrarchans; Union of the Crowns; poetry; nationhood; Scottish sonnet; James VI; Petrarchism; lyrical influence; William Drummond

Chapter.  6146 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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