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Robert SouthwellSnow in Arcadia: Redrawing the English Lyric Landscape, 1586-95$
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Anne R. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074189

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074189.001.0001

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Southwell's war of words

Southwell's war of words

(p.194) Chapter 6 Southwell's war of words
Robert Southwell

Anne Sweeney

Manchester University Press

This chapter explains how Southwell was able to do his pastoral duty and update the martyr imagery that was being spread in order to gain support for the Catholic cause. It studies his two last known written works which were created while he was still free, and shows that his talent for affective English rhetoric was used to emphasise the pathos and inhumanity of the events surrounding the dethroning of Mary, Queen of Scots. The chapter also studies Southwell's criticisms and political comments during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, which were skilfully disguised under the light lyrics of his poetry.

Keywords:   pastoral duty, martyr imagery, Catholic cause, English rhetoric, criticisms, political comments, Queen Elizabeth I

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