Sidney, Spenser and Political Petrarchism

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    This chapter examines traces of Petrarchism in English poets Edmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sydney. It argues that the engagements of both poets with Petrarchism are more serious, and indeed more political, than traditional readings have implied. It explains that these two poets share Petrarch's condemnation of desire but do not display their contemptus mundi. It also discusses Spenser's recognition of the Petrarch's authority as a model for creating a sense of nationhood in thrall to a monarch and his use of this model to create a counter-national poetry whose authority is independent of political power.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPetrarch in Britain
    Subtitle of host publicationInterpreters, Imitators and Translators over 700 Years
    EditorsMartin L. McLaughlin, Peter Hainsworth, Letizia Panizza
    Place of PublicationOxford, UK
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191734649
    ISBN (Print)9780197264133
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the British Academy
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISSN (Print)0068-1202

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