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English literary scholar Maren-Sofie Rostvig presents an investigation of the significant role played by orthodox theology and biblical exegesis in the shaping of the structurally oriented poetics typical of the Renaissance. Rostvig shows how the use of symbolic numbers and ratios is subordinated to a system of linkage created by verbal repetition and the repetition of similar themes or events. Examining primarily the epic tradition, including Augustine, Tasso, Spenser, and Milton, she also looks at the religious sequence represented by Quarles's Emblemes, and the religious lyric by Herbert, Vaughan, and Traherne, as well as the panegyric by John Dryden.... totalling 23 stanzas, but, in the last 23 stanzas (I.63-85), Mercya#39;s intervention tips the scales in favour of redemption through Christ. ... As Kate Frost has shown (Holy Delight, 1990), Donnea#39;s division of his work into 23 parts has a symbolic import relevant to the ... Milton must have appreciated the way in which Giles Fletcher fuses rhetorical and numerical schemes even more insistently than ... The number refers to the Babylonian captivity as a type of all of time, and Diagram IX.

Author:Maren-Sofie Røstvig
Publisher:Universitetsforlaget - 1994


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