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Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance$
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Russ Leo, Katrin Röder, and Freya Sierhuis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823445.001.0001

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‘Aire that once was breath’

‘Aire that once was breath’

Breathing Places and Grieving Spaces in the Poetry of Fulke Greville

(p.62) 4 ‘Aire that once was breath’
Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance

Rachel White

Oxford University Press

In his Defence of Poesie (c.1579) Sidney discusses the caesura or ‘breathing place’ as one of the structures of English poetry, a moment of poetic control over form that contributes to the composition as an imitation of life. However, the nature of breath is inherently ephemeral and thus makes the ‘breathing place’ a site of instability and the caesura a mark that can expand beyond its limits and embody the reader. For Greville, the caesura becomes more than a poetic device but a space in which to explore grief. There is a tangible difference in the way Greville uses caesurae and breathing places in Caelica (pub. 1633) after Sidney’s death, and in ‘Silence augmenteth grief’ (pub. 1593) as the breathing place becomes a space in which to express grief.

Keywords:   Greville, Fulke, Sidney, Philip, Caelica, form, caesura, grief, breath

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