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Carpe Diem

Ramie Targoff

in Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226789590
eISBN:
9780226110462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226110462.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter focuses on the most extreme and uncompromising expression of mortal poetics in the early modern period: the carpe diem lyric. This classical genre was entirely missing from the ... More


Introduction: The Limits of the Possible

Wendy Beth Hyman

in Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198837510
eISBN:
9780191874154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198837510.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The Introduction, “The Limits of the Possible,” presents the problems with the conventional reading of carpe diem invitation poetry as a low-stakes, playful mode. These poems’ pretext of erotic ... More


The Erotics of Doubt

Wendy Beth Hyman

in Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198837510
eISBN:
9780191874154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198837510.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

“The Erotics of Doubt” contends that the carpe diem trope whose classical form was an expression of pragmatic Epicureanism became, during the religious upheaval of the Reformation, an unlikely but ... More


Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England

Ramie Targoff

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226789590
eISBN:
9780226110462
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226110462.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Posthumous Love explores the boundaries that Renaissance English poets drew between earthly and heavenly love. The idea that love would transcend mortality was central to the Italian tradition that ... More


‘cast like Euridyce one brief look behind’: The Post-War World

J. Alison Rosenblitt

in E. E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198767152
eISBN:
9780191821332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767152.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 8 considers Cummings’ carpe diem corpus and offers a chance to examine Cummings’ Classical stabilities and instabilities. As Elizabeth Prettejohn had suggested in her reconsideration of ... More


Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry

Wendy Beth Hyman

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198837510
eISBN:
9780191874154
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198837510.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry examines the limits of embodiment, knowledge, and representation at disregarded nexus: the erotic carpe diem poem in early modern ... More


‘let not thy lust one threaded moment lose’: Death in the Meadow

J. Alison Rosenblitt

in E. E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198767152
eISBN:
9780191821332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767152.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues for a more appreciative stance towards Cummings’ classicised and Decadent (especially Swinburnian) eroticized fantasies of exquisite annihilation. This Decadent annihilation ... More


Relevance Across History

Raphael Lyne

in Reading Beyond the Code: Literature and Relevance Theory

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198794776
eISBN:
9780191836268
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198794776.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

An ostensive-inferential model of communication offers useful tools for organizing our thinking about reading works from the past and practising historicist criticism. Robert Herrick’s ‘Corinna’s ... More


Virginia Woolf, Hapticity and the Human Hand

Abbie Garrington

in Haptic Modernism: Touch and the Tactile in Modernist Writing

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748641741
eISBN:
9780748689118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641741.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter argues that, despite her avowed interest in the exploration of the mind, Virginia Woolf is in several important ways a bodily writer. Beginning with Woolf’s hand reading by Charlotte ... More


E. E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza

J. Alison Rosenblitt

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198767152
eISBN:
9780191821332
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767152.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The American modernist E.E. Cummings is not usually thought of as a classically-influenced poet. With his experimental form and syntax, his irreverence, and his rejection of the highbrow, there are ... More


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