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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823445.003.0004

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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