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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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The ‘performing Word’: Southwell's sacralised poetic

The ‘performing Word’: Southwell's sacralised poetic

(p.228) Chapter 7 The ‘performing Word’: Southwell's sacralised poetic
Robert Southwell

Anne Sweeney

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses Southwell's final works, and his contributions to England and English poetry. Some of these were the visions of the Counter-Reformation and the sacralisation of individual vision and creativity. The chapter then introduces a new concept of grace and the ‘Performing Deed’, which is an act that expresses a giving up of self in response to downward-moving grace. It also discusses Southwell's poetic vision and his status as an authority of priest and martyr, concluding with a study of his first and last public sermon, which was delivered shortly before his execution at Tyburn.

Keywords:   final works, contributions, English poetry, Counter-Reformation, individual vision, sacralisation, grace, Performing Deed, poetic vision, public sermon

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