Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England

Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England

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Becoming a father was the main way that an individual in the English Renaissance could be treated as a full member of the community. Yet patriarchal identity was by no means as secure as is often assumed: when poets invoke the idea of paternity in love poetry and other forms, they are therefore invoking all the anxieties that a culture with contradictory notions of sexuality imposed. This study takes these anxieties seriously, arguing that writers such as Sidney and Spenser deployed images of childbirth to harmonize public and private spheres, to develop a full sense of selfhood in their verse, and even to come to new accommodations between the sexes. Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson, in turn, saw the appeal of the older poets' aims, but resisted their more radical implications. The result is a fiercely personal yet publicly-committed poetry that wouldn't be seen again until the time of the Romantics.... Anniversary he regards elizabeth drury as mother to his true progeny, his poems: Thou seest mee strive for life; my life shalbe, ... (lines 31a€“42) This statement of ambition for poetic immortality comes significantly in one of the very few poems that ... no further anniversaries) and the near-yearly child with which donne burdened his wife; as empson rather harshly put it, ... a#39;gradually killing his wife by giving her a child every yeara#39;.36 to be fair, donnea#39;s wife did not have a child every year, anbsp;...

Title:Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England
Author:Tom MacFaul
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-06-17


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