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William Shakespeare and John Donne [electronic resource] : stages of the soul in early modern English poetry / Angelika Zirker.

Author/Creator:
Zirker, Angelika author.
Publication:
Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2019. , ©2019
Series:
Manchester Spenser
Manchester Shakespeare
The Manchester Spenser
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (280 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Subjects:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Donne, John, 1572-1631 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Literary style.
Donne, John, 1572-1631 -- Literary style.
English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700.
English drama.
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and literary studies.
Literature: history and criticism.
Literary studies: general.
Literary studies: c. 1500 to c. 1800.
LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
'This study analyses concepts and representations of the soul in the poetry of William Shakespeare and John Donne. During the early modern period, the soul is often presented as an actor on the stage of the poem, and the soul often becomes a stage by itself when conflicts within it are being enacted, in the tradition of psychomachia. The soul thus becomes a linking element between the genres of poetry and drama; at the same time, poetry becomes dramatic whenever the soul is at its focus. This double movement can be observed in the poems by Shakespeare and Donne that are concerned with the fate of the soul and represent inner states and processes: in The Rape of Lucrece the inner drama of the soul is being enacted; the Holy Sonnets are soliloquies by and about the soul. Here, the connection between interiority and performance, psychology and religious self-care can be found which is central to the understanding of early modern drama and its characteristic development of the soliloquy. The study thus offers a new reading of the poems by Shakespeare and Donne by analysing them, in different ways, as staged dialogues within the soul. It furthermore contributes to research on the soliloquy as much as on concepts of inwardness during the early modern period; it shows how the reflection on the soul and religious care for salvation develops in interaction with inwardness and theatrical exposure. It is aimed at readers interested in early modern literature and culture' --Back cover.
This study analyses concepts and representations of the soul in the poetry of William Shakespeare and John Donne. It shows how the soul becomes a linking element between the genres of poetry and drama, and how poetry becomes dramatic whenever the soul is at its focus. This double movement can be observed in Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece and Donne's Holy Sonnets: in these texts, the connection between interiority and performance, psychology and religious self-care can be found, which is central to the understanding of early modern drama and its characteristic development of the soliloquy. The study thus offers a new reading of the poems by Shakespeare and Donne by analysing them, in different ways, as staged dialogues within the soul. It contributes to research on the soliloquy as much as on concepts of inwardness during the early modern period. The book is aimed at readers studying early modern literature and culture.
Contents:
Introduction: Stages of the soul and drama in poetry
Part I: William Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece and the drama of the soul
1. Motivating the myth: Allegory and psychology
2. 'Thou art not what thou seem'st': Tarquin's inner stage and outer action
3. 'But with my body my poor soul's pollution': Lucrece, her body and soul
4. Lust-breathed Tarquin - Lucrece, the name of chaste: Antagonism, parallelism and chiasmus
Part II: John Donne's Holy Sonnets and the so(u)le-talk of the soul
5. Divine comedies: The speaker, his soul, and the poem as stage
6. The sonnet as miniature drama: Donne's Holy Sonnet 'Oh my black Soule'
7. Sole-talk and soul-talk: Donne's so(u)liloquies in the Holy Sonnets
8. The Speaker on the Stage of the Poem: Holy Sonnet 'This is my Playes last Scene'
9. Dialogue and antagonism in Donne's theatre of the soul
Part III: Conclusion
10. So(u)le-talk, self, and stages of the soul
Bibliography
Index.
Notes:
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Electronic reproduction. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2019. Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.
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Contributor:
Manchester University Press, publisher.
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Print version: Zirker, Angelika. William Shakespeare and John Donne: stages of the soul in early modern English poetry,
ISBN:
9781526133304
9781526133311
9781526133298
Publisher Number:
10.7765/9781526133304 doi
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