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The Icy Fire: Five Studies in European Petrarchism

Forster, Leonard

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ISBN 10: 0521295211 / ISBN 13: 9780521295215
Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1969
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The patriarch in literature. A very good softcover copy. Light shelf wear. Sunning, especially on spine. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Not ex-library. Indexed with bibliography. 204pg. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Literature; ISBN: 0521295211. ISBN/EAN: 9780521295215. Inventory No: 012614. Bookseller Inventory # 012614

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Title: The Icy Fire: Five Studies in European ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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In this short introductory book, Professor Forster examines Petrarchism as a European phenomenon transcending national boundaries. He begins with a general survey of themes and conventions, providing, with quotation, something like a repertory of the devices. He then shows in an important historical study how various vernacular literatures were seeking for a renewal of poetic diction at the moment when Petrarchism was available to meet the need. The third study examines specific forms and shows how realism in love-relationships could be accommodated within the tradition. A fourth shows how the literary conventions, applied to England's Virgin queen, could serve political and national ends; and the last shows the devices still being used in Goethe's Faust. This is a learned and engaging book, ranging freely among literatures: Latin, Italian, French, Dutch, English, and German, with translations provided. It gives an introduction to one of the most important and longest-lasting traditions in comparative literary studies.

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In this short introductory book, Professor Forster examines Petrarchism as a European phenomenon transcending national boundaries. Beginning by surveying its conventions, he moves on to discuss how Petrarchism provided a renewal of poetic diction for vernacular literature. He also discusses how the tradition can accommodate realism in love-relationships and serve political ends.

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