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Remembered WordsEssays on Genre, Realism, and Emblems$
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Alastair Fowler

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198856979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198856979.001.0001

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Ut Architectura Poesis

Ut Architectura Poesis

(p.222) Ut Architectura Poesis
Remembered Words

Alastair Fowler

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the analogy between architecture and literature, exploring the metaphors of the analogy and focusing on British examples. Renaissance architectural theory drew analogies with music, painting, or poetry, and developed these in progressively greater detail. The Horatian doctrine ut pictura poesis was restated in terms of architecture. The chapter then looks at shared number symbolisms. Numbers shared gave the ut architectura poesis doctrine a demonstrable basis. The chapter also considers the symmetry, analogies, and allegory in Renaissance poetry. It explores Renaissance shape poems, as well as the metaphor of the Renaissance frontispiece, which often resembled architectural (especially theatrical) façades. Finally, it examines the importance of Solomon’s Temple in the temple–poem metaphor.

Keywords:   architecture, literature, Renaissance architectural theory, analogies, number symbolisms, Renaissance poetry, Renaissance shape poems, Renaissance frontispiece, metaphors, Solomon’s Temple

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