Abstract

This essay argues that the features of poetic style that have been criticized as abstract and repetitious in Mary Wroth’s sonnets should be considered in the context of a punk aesthetic: one that eschews a sense of formal mastery, includes syntactic breaks as distortion, includes the deliberately ugly, uses a pared-down and telegraphic vocabulary, and displays aggressive eroticism, albeit eroticism reliant on a set of idiosyncratic keywords.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 91-115
Launched on MUSE
2013-04-04
Open Access
No
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