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Snow in Arcadia: rewriting the English lyric landscape

Anne Sweeney

in Robert Southwell

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780719074189
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701195 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074189.003.0006
Snow in Arcadia: rewriting the English lyric landscape

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This chapter discusses Southwell's efforts to rewrite the landscape of English lyrics, first examining English courtly poetry, which was introduced during the 1580s. It was also during this time that the poetic landscape reflects the lack of cosmic order and moral truth. The chapter shows that Southwell was trying to improve the imaginary landscape of the English national poetic agenda, and notes how the changes in his environment affected his poetry. It also compares Southwell with Nicholas Breton, which reveals the layers of hidden meaning in Southwell's obvious simplicity.

Keywords: English lyrics; courtly poetry; poetic landscape; cosmic order; moral truth; imaginary landscape; national poetic agenda; Nicholas Breton; hidden meaning

Chapter.  14230 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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