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Title:The Icy Fire : Five Studies in European Petrarchism
Price:GBP£25.00 (about USD$33.90)
Item ID:B009-LIT00019
Publisher:Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1969
Binding:Green Cloth
Condition:Near Fine
Dust Jacket:Near Fine
Cambridge University Press, 1969, Green Cloth, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, First

gilt titles spine; colour frontis. of painting from the School of Fontainebleau plus four b/w. plate illusts. in mid-section; "The themes and literary devices developed by Petrarch in his poetry became a kind of international stylistic Esperanto in renaissance and baroque literature. 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 particular forms - the alba or dawn poem, the pastourelle, the epithalarnium - 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, German (translations are provided). It gives an introduction to one of the most important and longest-lasting traditions in comparative literary studies."; a clean copy in a price-intact D/J.; including notes, bibliography & index - 204 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Text is in multiple languages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Poetry; Literature & Literary; Essays & Literary Criticism. ISBN: 0521074959. ISBN/EAN: 9780521074957. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: LIT00019.
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