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The Icy Fire
Five Studies in European Petrarchism

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  • Date Published: March 1979
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521295215

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  • In this short introductory book, Professor Forster examines Petrarchism as a European phenomenon transcending national boundaries. He begins with a general survey of themes and conventions, providing, with quotation, something like a repertory of the devices. He then shows in an important historical study how various vernacular literatures were seeking for a renewal of poetic diction at the moment when Petrarchism was available to meet the need. The third study examines specific forms and shows how realism in love-relationships could be accommodated within the tradition. A fourth shows how the literary conventions, applied to England's Virgin queen, could serve political and national ends; and the last shows the devices still being used in Goethe's Faust. This is a learned and engaging book, ranging freely among literatures: Latin, Italian, French, Dutch, English, and German, with translations provided. It gives an introduction to one of the most important and longest-lasting traditions in comparative literary studies.

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    • Date Published: March 1979
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521295215
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introductory note
    Notes on illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. The Petrarchan manner: an introduction
    2. European petrarchism as training in poetic diction
    3. Conventional safety values: alba, pastourelle and epithalamium
    4. The political petrarchism of the Virgin Queen
    5. Lynkeus' masque in Hoethe's Faust II
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Tailpiece
    Index.

  • Author

    Leonard Forster

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