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Henry Howard the Poet Earl of SurreyA Life$
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W. A. Sessions

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186250.001.0001

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Mount Surrey

Mount Surrey

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Henry Howard the Poet Earl of Surrey

W. A. Sessions

Oxford University Press

Mount Surrey as a legend lingered into the later Renaissance. In prose, Thomas Nashe had fully textualized the poet's life by the early 1590s and, as with many cult narratives, by giving false historical facts but getting the essential interpretation right. In poetry, Michael Drayton added to the momentum developed from Turbeville, Whitney, and Sir Philip Sidney in previous decades with more inaccurate but revealing details. Drayton's Geraldine, in fact, wrote a tribute to Mount Surrey in her epistle to her chivalric Surrey. By the 1590s in Drayton's England, re-creating the classical world of Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land had energized generations, but the process of actually making the English landscape classical, as found later in Edmund Spenser and John Milton, was a new concept in 1542.

Keywords:   Mount Surrey, Renaissance, Thomas Nashe, poetry, Michael Drayton, Philip Sidney, Geraldine, England, Edmund Spenser, John Milton

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