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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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Parody and the Perversion of Grace at the Crux of Caelica

Parody and the Perversion of Grace at the Crux of Caelica

(p.121) 7 Parody and the Perversion of Grace at the Crux of Caelica
Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance

Joel B. Davis

Oxford University Press

Poems LXXVI–LXXXII in Greville’s sonnet sequence, Caelica, are among the most heavily revised writings in all of the Warwick manuscripts. The poems struggle to reveal in the lexicon of courtly love the workings of positive law and temporal power, implicitly understood in opposition to natural law and grace. In these poems, grace signifies its very opposite, not just a parody of itself but a perversion of itself, which subjects such as the ‘dull spirits’ of poem LXXX experience as temporal power. But Greville also places in the midst of these analytical poems one gem of clarity, poem LXXXII, shining there like a good deed in a bad world, exhorting the reader to ‘make time, while you be/ but steppes to your eternitie’.

Keywords:   Caelica, courtly love, sonnet, A Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney, diplomacy, ​​grace, natural law, religious poetry

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