Imitation and Praise in the Poems of Ben Jonson (2nd Revised edition)

Imitation and Praise in the Poems of Ben Jonson (2nd Revised edition)

By: Richard S. Peterson (author)Hardback

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In the first edition of this now-classic text, Richard Peterson offered an important revaluation of the poetry of Ben Jonson and a new appreciation of the way in which the classical doctrine of imitation-the creative use of the thoughts and words of predecessors-permeates and shapes Jonson's critical ideas and his work as a whole. The publication of the original book in 1981 led to a reinterpretation of the poems and a coherent view of Jonson's philosophy; the resulting portrait of Jonson served as a corrective to earlier views based primarily on the satiric poems and plays. This second edition of Imitation and Praise in the Poems of Ben Jonson makes Peterson's important scholarship available to a new generation of scholars and students.

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Richard S. Peterson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He specializes in the literature of Rome and Renaissance France and England.


Contents: Preface; Note to the second edition; Note on editions and translations; The turn: imitation and praise; The stand: noble natures raised; The full circle: poet as vessel; Well-turned and true-filed lines: Jonson on Shakespeare; Turn, counter-turn and stand: the ode on Cary and Morison; Afterword; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/10/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781409408765
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781409408765
  • weight: 600
  • ISBN10: 1409408760
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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