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Poetry and the Realm of Politics: Shakespeare to Dryden

Howard Erskine-Hill


This book studies the relation between poetry and politics in 16th- and 17th-century English literature, focusing in particular on the works of Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, Milton, and Dryden. The book argues that the major tradition of political allusion is not, as has often been argued, that of the political allegory of Dryden's Absalom and Architophel, and other overtly political poems, but rather a more shifting and less systematic practice, often involving equivocal or multiple reference. Drawing on the revisionist trend in recent historiography, and taking issue with recent New Historic ... More

Keywords: poetry and politics, English literature, Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, Milton, Dryden, political poems, New Historicist criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117315
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Erskine-Hill, author
University of Cambridge