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In The House of Death, Arnold Stein studies the ways in which English poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries imagined their own ends and wrote of the deaths of those they loved or wished to honor. Drawing on a wide range of texts in both poetry and prose, Stein examines the representations, images, and figurative meanings of death from antiquity to the Renaissance. A major premise of the book is that commonplaces, conventions, and the established rules for thinking about death did not prevent writers from discovering the distinctive in it. Eloquent readings of Raleigh, Donne, Herbert, and others capture the poets approaching their own death or confronting the death of others. Marvell's lines on the execution of Charles are paired with his treatment of the dead body of Cromwell; Henry King and John Donne both write of their late wives; Ben Jonson mourns the death of a first son and a first daughter. For purposes of comparison, the governing perspective of the final chapter is modern.

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  1. Cover Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Frontispiece
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Fm 1
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  1. Part One. Three Essays in Background
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  1. 1. What Renaissance Poets Would Have Known
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  1. 2. Answers and Questions
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  1. 3. Donne’s Pictures of the Good Death
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  1. Part Two. Writing about One’s Own Death
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  1. 4. Respice Finem
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  1. 5. Death in Earnest: “Tichborne’s Elegy”
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  1. 6. Dying in Jest and Earnest: Raleigh
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  1. 7. Imagined Dyings: John Donne
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  1. 8. Entering the History of Death: George Herbert
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  1. 9. “The Plaudite, or end of life”
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  1. Part Three. On the Death of Someone Else
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  1. 10. Introduction
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  1. 11. Lament, Praise, Consolation: Pain/Difficulty, Ease
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  1. 12. The Death of a Loved One: Personal and Public Expressions
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  1. 13. Episodes in the Progress of Death
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  1. Part Four. Expression
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  1. 14. Preliminary Views
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  1. 15. Thought and Images
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  1. 16. Images of Reflection
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  1. 17. Reasoning by Resemblances
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  1. 18. Intricacies
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  1. 19. The End
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Bm 2
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421434896
Related ISBN
9781421434889
MARC Record
OCLC
1134074378
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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