Abstract

Figurations of woods as sites of solitude, political exile and authenticity are drawn upon in a number of John Dowland’s songs. ‘Can she excuse’ quotes from the ballad tune Woods so wild, while ‘O sweet woods’ makes reference to Wanstead woods, associated with both Philip Sidney and Robert Devereux during their lifetimes. This article examines how courtly experiences of political withdrawal and exile are articulated through musical and literary references to woods in these songs.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1471-6933
Print ISSN
0269-0403
Pages
pp. 221-251
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-17
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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