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The Equinoctial Boar: Venus and Adonis in Spenser’s Garden, Shakespeare’s Epyllion, and <i>Richard III</i>’s England

Anne Lake Prescott

in Shakespeare and Spenser

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780719079627
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701058 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.003.0006
The Equinoctial Boar: Venus and Adonis in Spenser’s Garden, Shakespeare’s Epyllion, and Richard III’s England

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This chapter addresses two suggestions for further thought on Faerie Queene and Venus and Adonis, Shakespeare's Richard III and the boar of winter. It reviews the primary mythographical tradition on the story's figures, including the boar that wounded Adonis on what some called his thigh and others his genitalia. The chapter then studies the suggestion that what mythographers have in mind is not only the coming of winter, but also what is happening in the circling zodiac and along the horizon.

Keywords: boar of winter; Richard III; mythographical tradition; coming of winter; zodiac

Chapter.  9442 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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