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‘A Law in This Matter to Himself’: Contextualizing Milton's Divorce Tracts  

Sharon Achinstein

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The divorce tracts, which consist of four prose pamphlets published between August 1643 and March 1645, represent a significant and underappreciated development in John Milton's theorizing ... More

‘A Mind of Most Exceptional Energy’: Verse Rhythm in Paradise Lost  

John Creaser

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The sketch of prosodic theory presented in this article helps to clarify how the blank verse of Paradise Lost is virtually a new beginning and transmits a quite un-Shakespearean energy. ... More

Allegory, Emblem, and Symbol  

Kenneth Borris

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on Spenserian allegory. Comparable to Dante in his importance for allegory, Spenser creatively expanded its potential throughout his literary life. But the ... More

Amoretti and Epithalamion (1595)  

Roland Greene

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2012
This article discusses how Amoretti and Epithalamion singly and together clear a space in late Elizabethan poetry. The Amoretti and the Epithalamion establish themselves in relation to an ... More

The anniversary poem  

Graham Roebuck

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2012
One of Donne's compositions the Anniversary Poem is the focus of this article. The literary record of the life and death of Mistress Elizabeth Drury might have been a very dull affair, ... More

The Anti-Episcopal Tracts: Republican Puritanism and the Truth in Poetry  

Nigel Smith

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
John Milton's five tracts against the idea of bishops in the Church of England argue one essential point: that there is no justification for the position of bishop (as opposed to minister) ... More

Archival research  

Lara M. Crowley

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2012
Archival research on the works of John Donne is the essence of this article. ‘What Printing-presses yield we think good store, but what is writ by hand we reverence more’. Edmund Blunden's ... More

Areopagitica and Liberty  

Blair Hoxby

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The title page of Areopagitica presents the pamphlet as the sort of free political speech that was an integral part of Attic citizenship and liberty. John Milton draws its epigram from a ... More

Aristotelian Criticism in Sixteenth-Century England  

Micha Lazarus

Aristotle’s Poetics has been thought to be inaccessible or misunderstood in sixteenth-century England, but this inherited assumption has drifted far from the primary evidence and lagged ... More

Authorial Self‐Presentation  

Richard A. McCabe

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2012
The creation of an authorial ‘persona’ is arguably the principal means by which a poet negotiates his own ‘canonicity’, engaging in a dialogue with posterity through the contemporary ... More

Between Men: Literary History and the Work of Mourning  

Jonathan Goldberg

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article investigates the homosexual elegy in the Renaissance. It is primarily concerned with Sir Thomas Wyatt and Earl of Surrey, Spenser, and Mary Sidney. The homoerotics of Thomas ... More

‘By Parting Have Joyn’d Here’: The Story of The Two (Or More) Donnes  

Judith Scherer Herz

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on the idea of two Donnes. Jack and the Doctor...that phrase has reverberated through literary history, although at the very least there should probably be three ... More

Classical Love Elegy in the Renaissance (and after)  

Gordon Braden

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article presents an explanation on classical love elegy in the Renaissance. It also mentions that the linkage ‘suggested by the label is something of a category mistake’, and assures ... More

Colin Clouts Come Home Againe, Astrophel, and The Doleful Lay of Clorinda (1595)  

Patrick Cheney

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2012
The year 1595 saw the publication of the marriage volume Amoretti and Epithalamion, and a less homogenous volume that contains Spenser's second pastoral, Colin Clouts Come Home Againe, his ... More

Collaboration and the international scholarly community  

Hugh Adlington

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2012
According to John R. Roberts's Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism, 1979–1995, over one hundred books, articles, and notes on Donne's life and work have been published yearly since ... More

Complaints and Daphnaïda (1591)  

Mark David Rasmussen

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2012
This article analyzes Spenser's Complaints and Daphnaïda. In 1591, the year after the first installment of The Faerie Queene, the publisher William Ponsonby issued in quick succession two ... More

The composition and dissemination of Donne's writings  

Gary A. Stringer

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2012
The composition and distribution of Donne's writings is the essence of this article. When John Donne died on 31 March 1631, at the age of fifty-nine, he left behind a body of written work ... More

Conquest and Slavery in Milton's History of Britain  

Martin Dzelzainis

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
John Milton worked on the History of Britain for over twenty years. He introduces his narrative of events leading up to the Norman Conquest with an account of the self-subjugation of the ... More

The controversial treatise  

Graham Roebuck

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the controversial treatise during the lifetime of John Donne. Few inhabitants of Europe were unaffected by the confessional turbulence of Christendom. Popes, ... More

Danger and discourse  

Lynne Magnusson

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2012
Dangers of all kinds, and especially the dangers inherent in many different forms of discourse and communication, were rarely far from Donne's mind. Donne's elegies and satires not only ... More

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