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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

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

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074189.003.0008

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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