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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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Snow in Arcadia: rewriting the English lyric landscape

Snow in Arcadia: rewriting the English lyric landscape

(p.164) Chapter 5 Snow in Arcadia: rewriting the English lyric landscape
Robert Southwell

Anne Sweeney

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses Southwell's efforts to rewrite the landscape of English lyrics, first examining English courtly poetry, which was introduced during the 1580s. It was also during this time that the poetic landscape reflects the lack of cosmic order and moral truth. The chapter shows that Southwell was trying to improve the imaginary landscape of the English national poetic agenda, and notes how the changes in his environment affected his poetry. It also compares Southwell with Nicholas Breton, which reveals the layers of hidden meaning in Southwell's obvious simplicity.

Keywords:   English lyrics, courtly poetry, poetic landscape, cosmic order, moral truth, imaginary landscape, national poetic agenda, Nicholas Breton, hidden meaning

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