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Published: 08 April 2019

224 Pages


ISBN: 9780198837510

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Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry

Wendy Beth Hyman

  • First monograph on English carpe diem poetry, revising almost all prior assumptions about an under-theorized motif
  • Situates erotic poetry at the center of intellectual history, and demonstrates its role as a knowledge-generating medium
  • Archival work brings unknown poets into conversation with canonical authors like Donne, Shakespeare, Cavendish, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and Spenser
  • Reveals erotic poetry's engagement with the visual arts of death
  • Demonstrates that erotic poets reworked Lucretian physics to challenge Christian metaphysics

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