The Challenges of Orpheus
Lyric Poetry and Early Modern England
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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The norms of lyric often—though, I will argue, not invariably—generate short poems. The debts I incurred while writing about lyric generate a long list. My work on this book has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Graduate School Research Committee of the University...
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Despite the problems posed by defining and describing lyric, the term appears with telling frequency in contexts ranging from the scholarship of many disciplines to the seductions of Madison Avenue to the stanzas of lyric poets themselves. Northrop Frye, characteristically no less acerbic than acute, remarks that “there is a popular tendency...
1 The Rhetoric of Lyric: Definitions, Descriptions, Disputations
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Annotated exhaustively, imitated widely, disseminated in editions that not coincidentally look very like Bibles, Francesco Petrarch’s Rime sparse is prototype and progenitor of the English early modern lyric, and, indeed, it might offer a credible model for those who attempt a transhistorical definition of that mode. But the confession..
2 The Domain of Echo: Lyric Audiences
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Technological advances in the use of glass have facilitated compelling architectural experiments that transform the relationship between a building and its audiences, complicating the latter’s perceptions of the edifice and representations of their own presence within it. In particular, in so-called curtain wall design, the exterior enclosure...
3 The Craft of Pygmalion: Immediacy and Distancing
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Poetry, Paul Celan declares, is a handshake.1 Or, following William Waters’s acute and suggestively revisionist translation of this poet who so often resists translation, the phrase becomes a “pressing of hands,” an expression that, Waters demonstrates, deploys the double meanings of the German “Handwerk” to suggest both craft and the...
4 The Predilections of Proteus: Size and Structure
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Lyric poems, unlike lyric poets, seldom wander lonely as a cloud. Typically neither solitary not unitary, they variously and sometimes simultaneously establish and resist links with other texts around them, while similarly binding and loosening subdivided...
5 The Myth of Janus: Lyric and/or Narrative
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Even when representing other issues with the precise detail and complex coloration of Mughal painting at its best, many literary studies adopt the bold gestural strokes of Franz Kline to discuss the relationship between lyric and narrative: lyric is static and narrative committed to change, lyric is internalized whereas narrative evokes an externally realized...
6 The Rhetorics of Lyric: Conclusions and New Perspectives
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Beneficent spirit of the Severn’s ominous borderlands, Milton’s Sabrina harbors odd companions on her own borders.1 So significant for the purposes of this conclusion is the song invoking her that its latter section...
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Publication Year: 2007