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The Mock-Heroic Moment in the 1690s

Brean S. Hammond

in Professional Imaginative Writing in England, 1670–1740: 'Hackney for Bread'

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112990
eISBN:
9780191670909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112990.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores the epic and mock-epic writing of the 1690s from the perspective of the emergent professionalization of writing. Throughout the later 17th century, and into the 18th, there is a ... More


Intra‐Epic Debate: Vergil's Georgics

S.J. Harrison

in Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199203581
eISBN:
9780191708176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203581.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Clearly transitional between the Eclogues and the Aeneid, this poem shows generic strain in its second half, especially in the proem to Book 3 with its anticipation of martial epic, and in the ... More


Paradise Lost and Epic

John Leonard

in Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of Paradise Lost, 1667-1970: Volume I: Style and Genre; Volume II: Interpretative Issues

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666553
eISBN:
9780191748967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666553.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter examines the various attempts made by successive generations of commentators to accommodate Paradise Lost to their notions of the heroic. Beginning with Addison and Dennis (who praised ... More


Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine

Ritchie Robertson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199571581
eISBN:
9780191722356
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571581.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 18th-century Literature

This is a study of a genre of poetry that flourished in English, French, and German literature from the early eighteenth to the mid‐nineteenth century. Although some of the texts discussed are ... More


Virgil and the Everyday: The De Panificio and De Alea

Scott McGill

in Virgil Recomposed: The Mythological and Secular Centos in Antiquity

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195175646
eISBN:
9780199789337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175646.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter looks at the two ancient Virgilian centos on humble topics, namely, breadmaking and dicing. A principal argument is that the presence of modest subject matter defines the texts as ... More


Medleys

Matthew Bevis

in Wordsworth's Fun

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226652054
eISBN:
9780226652221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226652221.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

As previous chapters have shown, it’s not so much that “The Idiot Boy” is simply comic and “The Thorn” simply tragic, but that each poem--like The Prelude itself--is a medley. For all the differences ... More


Paradise Lost and English Mock Heroic

Anthony Welch

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0026
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Tracing early forms of Miltonic parody, travesty, and burlesque from Dryden to Pope, this chapter argues that the period’s mock-heroic responses to Paradise Lost were closely tied to the fortunes of ... More


Selves

Matthew Bevis

in Wordsworth's Fun

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226652054
eISBN:
9780226652221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226652221.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This final chapter ranges more widely across The Prelude in order to consider how forms of selving and humoring speak to one another, and how they speak to the vision (or version) of Wordsworth ... More


Epic Kinds

Gordon Braden

in The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English: Volume 2 1550-1660

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199246212
eISBN:
9780191803376
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199246212.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter surveys translations of epics into English in the 1550–1660 period. These include classical texts such as the Aeneid, the Metamorphoses, the Iliad, and the Odyssey; other classical epics ... More


Mythological (Mock) Epics: The Stage of Honour

Oliver J. Noble Wood

in A Tale Blazed Through Heaven: Imitation and Invention in the Golden Age of Spain

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198707356
eISBN:
9780191778629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198707356.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter considers two mock-heroic treatments of the tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan from the first quarter of the seventeenth century: Juan de la Cueva’s ‘Los amores de Marte y Venus’ (1604), a ... More


Milton, the Long Restoration, and Pope’s Iliad

John Leonard

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter explores the influence of Paradise Lost on Pope’s Homeric translations, especially his Iliad, and examines the influence that Pope exerted on Milton’s eighteenth-century editors and ... More


A Poetics in Tales: Milesian, Neoteric, Odyssean

Stefan Tilg

in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses: A Study in Roman Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780198706830
eISBN:
9780191778513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706830.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Picking up on the Prologue, which describes the Metamorphoses as ‘different sorts of tales’ (1.1.1 varias fabulas), tied together by the narrator, this chapter discusses the narrative structure of ... More


How John Dryden read his Milton: The State of Innocence reconsidered

Matthew C. Augustine

in Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526113894
eISBN:
9781526138897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113894.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter reconsiders John Dryden’s dramatic adaptation of Paradise Lost, The State of Innocence. Not exactly neglected, neither has Dryden’s opera been much appreciated by modern critics. ... More


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