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English Renaissance Poetry: A Collection of Shorter Poems from Skelton to Jonson

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Including authoritative texts of poems by twenty-three major and minor poets—from John Donne, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson to George Gasciogne and Fulke Greville—and Williams' critical preface, English Renaissance Poetry remains an invaluable introductory anthology of short poems from our first modern poetry. Including authoritative texts of poems by twenty-three major and minor poets—from John Donne, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson to George Gasciogne and Fulke Greville—and Williams' critical preface, English Renaissance Poetry remains an invaluable introductory anthology of short poems from our first modern poetry.


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Including authoritative texts of poems by twenty-three major and minor poets—from John Donne, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson to George Gasciogne and Fulke Greville—and Williams' critical preface, English Renaissance Poetry remains an invaluable introductory anthology of short poems from our first modern poetry. Including authoritative texts of poems by twenty-three major and minor poets—from John Donne, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson to George Gasciogne and Fulke Greville—and Williams' critical preface, English Renaissance Poetry remains an invaluable introductory anthology of short poems from our first modern poetry.

30 review for English Renaissance Poetry: A Collection of Shorter Poems from Skelton to Jonson

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Exhibiting the work of Renaissance poets other than Shakespeare, Williams's 1963 anthology features many lesser known names as well as a few of the playwright's famous contemporaries. The poems of Skelton, Gascoigne, Googe, Greville, Drayton, and more mix with those of Spenser, Sidney, Donne, and Jonson. In stark contrast to the convoluted style of the writers inspired by Petrarch's sonnets, many of the native- or plain-style poets are surprisingly touching in their economy and frankness. Exhibiting the work of Renaissance poets other than Shakespeare, Williams's 1963 anthology features many lesser known names as well as a few of the playwright's famous contemporaries. The poems of Skelton, Gascoigne, Googe, Greville, Drayton, and more mix with those of Spenser, Sidney, Donne, and Jonson. In stark contrast to the convoluted style of the writers inspired by Petrarch's sonnets, many of the native- or plain-style poets are surprisingly touching in their economy and frankness.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maltheus Broman

    A treasure chest of a book! From Williams’ helpful introductions to its fine selection with a focus on two styles, Native and Petrarchan, up to Ben Jonson’s elegy for Shakespeare, this anthology is absolutely great. Guiding through masterpieces by poets of the English Renaissance, it inspires but awe and appreciation for the development of poetry through history.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    My then thesis advisor taught this class. High expectations. He had done his reading at Oxford when the 16th & 17th century compilations were being worked on, was a friend of Robert Pinsky and a classical pianist to boot. Equally adept at teaching 19th century literature and culture. No pressure or anything... The love he showed to poems is like nothing I have ever seen before or since. To this day gorgeous lines of poetry roam through my thoughts thanks to Henry.

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    Alana

    i imagine if u ever want to trebuchet urself in the foot and read some english renaissance poetry this is probably the best compilation there is

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    Osman Kan

    it is so helpfull for us ..

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