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Penguin Classics Penguin Book Of Renaissance Verse [Paperback]

David Norbrook , H R Woudhuysen
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May 31 2005 Penguin Classics
The era between the accession of Henry VIII and the crisis of the English republic in 1659 formed one of the most fertile epochs in world literature. This anthology offers a broad selection of its poetry, and includes a wide range of works by the great poets of the age - notably Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Sepnser, John Donne, William Shakespeare and John Milton. Poems by less well-known writers also feature prominently - among them significant female poets such as Lady Mary Wroth and Katherine Philips. Compelling and exhilarating, this landmark collection illuminates a time of astonishing innovation, imagination and diversity.

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David Norbrook is Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen College, Oxford and Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance (Routledge, 1984). H. R. Woudhuysen is a lecturer in the Department of English at University College London. He has edited Samuel Johnson on Shakespeare for the New Penguin Shakespeare Library.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for class I would have read for leisure May 26 2001
By JET
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I was assigned this book in an English Renaissance literature class. This collection provides a fascinating insight into the English Renaissance. There are selections by the normal poets: Shakespeare, Spenser, etc. There are also selections by female poets, including Elizabeth I. I learned so much from this book in terms of literature, culture, and life. If you are interested in this time period, or in the British Isles, this book is essential!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for class I would have read for leisure May 25 2001
By JET - Published on Amazon.com
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I was assigned this book in an English Renaissance literature class. This collection provides a fascinating insight into the English Renaissance. There are selections by the normal poets: Shakespeare, Spenser, etc. There are also selections by female poets, including Elizabeth I. I learned so much from this book in terms of literature, culture, and life. If you are interested in this time period, or in the British Isles, this book is essential!
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3.0 out of 5 stars good selection, poor organization Sept. 8 2009
By winnik - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the selection of poetry in this collection, but I don't like how the poems are organized by theme rather than author. Many of the poems, of course, engage multiple themes, so the organization system is really a bit reductive and, for that matter, scattered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars challenging, but great May 9 2011
By Charles Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best anthology I know of the period, with other contenders out of print (unless there are new ones I don't know about). The most challenging thing is probably that the poems are left, as much as possible, in their original language, spelling, etc. But there are things to like about that, too, i.e. that, in a period when such things as spelling had not been regularized, there are tools a poet might have that differ from what one has in a language that is more settled. I.e. with what a modern poet has called "the Elizabethan care for the sound of syllables," how one might develop near rhymes and sight rhymes (and the bulk of poetry of this period is rhyming poetry) is multiplied.

One true gem in this anthology, not found in all, is Sir Walter Ralegh's "The 21th: and last booke of the Ocean to Scinthia." I think this is one of the great poems of the period, yet, because it was discovered somewhat more recently, it's not yet nearly as well know as it should be.

I understand one reviewer's concern that perhaps an organization by author might have been easier to fathom, but the organization by theme makes sense to me, too, and they are the key themes of the period, and no matter, the contents and indexing are so good that it is easy to find any poem in the book for whatever reason one wants to read it. I've been reading in and through and around the book for a year now, and I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvel-ously Donne! June 29 2012
By Divine Goddess - Published on Amazon.com
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The book arrived in excellent shape and only gently used (I'll feel less inclined to feel bad if I leave it open). Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived as promised with a personal touch June 23 2009
By forestfary - Published on Amazon.com
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This book arrived as promised, and with a personal touch. The sender enclosed a personalized thank you card, which was very thoughtful. It's these small gestures that make for a nice purchasing experience. Thank you.
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