Article 8317

Title of the article

“ANACREONTICS” AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH “EPITHALAMION’’ IN EDMUND SPENSER’S
LYRICAL CYCLE “AMORETTI AND EPITHALAMION” 

Authors

Zhang Zizhu, Postgraduate student, St. Petersburg State University (11 Universitetskaya embankment, Saint-Petersburg, Russia), hermitage1764@mail.ru

Index UDK

821.111

DOI

10.21685/2072-3024-2017-3-8

Abstract

Background. The paper is devoted to the analysis of four Anacreontic poems by E. Spenser, published in his “Amoretti and Epithalamion” (1595) collection of poems. The topicality of the study is determined by the necessity to refine the existing concepts of the Anacreontic poems’ function in “Amoretti and Epithalamion” lyrical cycle by E. Spenser.
Materials and methods. The research goal was achieved due to a critical analysis of Spenser’s Anacreontic verse interpretation in the works of foreign and Russian scholars. The methodology is based on a combination of the comparative-historical
method with elements of close reading and narratology.
Results. The paper demonstrates the existence of inner links not only between Spenser’s “Amoretti” sonnet sequence, but between his “Anacreontic Poems” and “Epithalamion” as well.
Conclusions. Various similarities established between the anacreontics and “Epithalamion” – the way characters are introduced, free crossing of the border between the Christian 16th-century world and that of the ancient paganism, etc., – allow us to regard the anacreontic poems by Spenser as a microlevel model for the artistic world of “Epithalamion”, ensuring a smooth shift from the sonnet sequence to a “long poem” developing the classical tradition of marriage songs.

Key words

E. Spenser, Anacreontics, “Amoretti and Epithalamion”, lyric genres, classical traditions in the Renaissance poetry

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