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The Experience of PoetryFrom Homer's Listeners to Shakespeare's Readers$
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Derek Attridge

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198833154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198833154.001.0001

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Late Elizabethan and Early Jacobean Poetry: The Idea of the Poet

Late Elizabethan and Early Jacobean Poetry: The Idea of the Poet

(p.311) 13 Late Elizabethan and Early Jacobean Poetry: The Idea of the Poet
The Experience of Poetry

Derek Attridge

Oxford University Press

Following in Gascoigne’s footsteps, several writers attempted to explain the working of verse, and many tried to emulate classical metres in English; these treatises reveal some of the preconceptions about poetic form common in the period. The notion that Elizabethan taverns were the site of poetry recitations among clubs of wits is examined. The figures of poets in the many pageants and progresses that characterized the Elizabethan period further manifest the governing idea of the poet, as do theatrical representations. Consideration is given to the many poets and would-be poets in Shakespeare’s plays, and further evidence is found in the three ‘Parnassus’ plays. The poets Jonson puts on stage are examined, with attention to the contrast between those who are made fun of and those who embody models. A number of other poets on stage are considered, and the chapter ends with two positive instances from Shakespeare and Jonson.

Keywords:   treatise, classical metre, wits, pageant, progress, Shakespeare, Jonson, ‘Parnassus’ plays, Poetaster

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