Spensers International Style David Scott Wilson-Okamura

ISBN: 9781299772687

Published: August 14th 2013

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252 pages


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Spensers International Style  by  David Scott Wilson-Okamura

Spensers International Style by David Scott Wilson-Okamura
August 14th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 252 pages | ISBN: 9781299772687 | 4.50 Mb

Why did Spenser write his epic, The Faerie Queene, in stanzas instead of a classical meter or blank verse? Why did he affect the vocabulary of medieval poets such as Chaucer? Is there, as centuries of readers have noticed, something lyrical aboutMoreWhy did Spenser write his epic, The Faerie Queene, in stanzas instead of a classical meter or blank verse? Why did he affect the vocabulary of medieval poets such as Chaucer? Is there, as centuries of readers have noticed, something lyrical about Spensers epic style, and if so, why?

In this accessible and wide-ranging study, David Scott Wilson-Okamura reframes these questions in a larger, European context. The first full-length treatment of Spensers poetic style in more than four decades, it shows that Spenser was English without being insular. In his experiments with style, Spenser faced many of the same problems, and found some of the same solutions, as poets writing in other languages. Drawing on classical rhetoric and using concepts that were developed by literary critics during the Renaissance, this is an account of long-term, international trends in style, illustrated with examples from Petrarch, Du Bellay, Ariosto and Tasso.



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