Epic, Epitome, and the Early Modern Historical Imagination

Chloe Wheatley

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Format: EPUB

Page count: 158 pages

File size: 2.1 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Through analysis of how English writers summarized and abridged history, Wheatley illuminates the connections between an early modern epitome culture and the historical summaries found in the great narrative poems of Edmund Spenser, Abraham Cowley and John Milton. Clearly and elegantly written, this study shows how poets refined an epic convention, the hero’s confrontation with summaries of past and future in order to reflect trends in early modern history writing.