Snow in Arcadia
Rewriting the English lyric landscape
in Robert Southwell
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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.

Robert Southwell

Snow in Arcadia: redrawing the English lyric landscape, 1586–95


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