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The Resource Lyric wonder : rhetoric and wit in Renaissance English poetry, James Biester

Lyric wonder : rhetoric and wit in Renaissance English poetry, James Biester

Label
Lyric wonder : rhetoric and wit in Renaissance English poetry
Title
Lyric wonder
Title remainder
rhetoric and wit in Renaissance English poetry
Statement of responsibility
James Biester
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
James Biester sees the shift in late Elizabethan England toward a witty, rough, and obscure lyric style - metaphysical wit and strong lines - as a response to the heightened cultural prestige of wonder. That same prestige was demonstrated in the search for strange artifacts and animals to display in the wondercabinets of the period. By embracing the genres of satire and epigram, poets of the Elizabethan court risked their chances for political advancement, exposing themselves to the danger of being classified either as malcontents or as jesters who lacked the gravitas required of those in power. John Donne himself recognized both the risks and benefits of adopting the "admirable" style, as Biester shows in his close readings of the First and Fourth Satyres. Why did courtier-poets adopt such a dangerous form of self-representation? The answer, Biester maintains, lies in an extraordinary confluence of developments in both poetics and the interpenetrating spheres of the culture at large, which made the pursuit of wonder through style unusually attractive, even necessary. In a postfeudal but still aristocratic culture, he says, the ability to astound through language performed the validating function that was once supplied by the ability to fight. Combining the insights of the new historicism with traditional literary scholarship, Biester perceives the rise of metaphysical style as a social as well as aesthetic event
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DLC
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Biester, James
Dewey number
811/.309
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR411
LC item number
.B54 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Rhetoric & society
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English poetry
  • English language
  • English wit and humor
  • Rhetoric, Renaissance
  • Renaissance
Label
Lyric wonder : rhetoric and wit in Renaissance English poetry, James Biester
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [201]-220) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Suspicious Boldness
  • 4.
  • Powerful Insinuations: Obscurity as Catalyst and Veil
  • 5.
  • Passing Wonder or Wonder Passing?
  • Foreword
  • Wayne A. Rebhorn
  • Note on Transcriptions and Citations
  • 1.
  • Strange and Admirable Methods
  • 2.
  • The Most Dangerous Game: Wonder, Melancholy, and Satire
  • 3.
Control code
35650925
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 226 pages
Isbn
9780801433139
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96035473
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Lyric wonder : rhetoric and wit in Renaissance English poetry, James Biester
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [201]-220) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Suspicious Boldness
  • 4.
  • Powerful Insinuations: Obscurity as Catalyst and Veil
  • 5.
  • Passing Wonder or Wonder Passing?
  • Foreword
  • Wayne A. Rebhorn
  • Note on Transcriptions and Citations
  • 1.
  • Strange and Admirable Methods
  • 2.
  • The Most Dangerous Game: Wonder, Melancholy, and Satire
  • 3.
Control code
35650925
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 226 pages
Isbn
9780801433139
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96035473
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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