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Epic romance : Homer to Milton /
Colin Burrow.
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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x, 325 p. ; 24 cm.
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0198117949 (acid-free paper) :
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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0198117949 (acid-free paper) :
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337951
 
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-07:
Burrow traces the history of sympathy as an essential concern to epic from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, to Virgil's Aeneid (splitting pietas into pity and piety), through Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, various minor English writers and translators, to Milton's Paradise Lost. Burrow employs particular scenes from Homer and Virgil to examine how later writers treat parallel, adapted situations in their own works, modifying their understandings and presentations of sympathy, pity, piety, and envy according to their own epic-romantic aims, their own ethics, and their own periods and political concerns. The final chapter describes Milton's attempts to cut through intervening epic romances to return to a sympathy closely akin to Homer's. In this first-rate study, Burrow unites intelligence, clarity, wide reading in criticism, originality in viewing parallel situations exemplifying sympathy or pity, and humor (a humor reminiscent of Kitto's brilliant and delightful work). Excellent and extensive bibliographies; thorough, informative footnotes; index. Upper-division undergraduate and up. S. B. Darrell; University of Southern Indiana
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'Burrow's generally careful mapping of the emotions pity, fear, rage, and compassion from Homer to Milton is a refreshing approach in creating an alliance between epic and romance ... Burrow presents an even balance between primary texts and critical texts. Notes are rich and insightful, thebibliography is sound, and never at any point in the book do secondary sources swallow the argument.'Robert T. Behunin, Southern Utah University, The Ben Jonson Journal, Volume 2/1995
'but his reading of his subjects as correcting and developing suggestions in their predecessors' work is extremely thought-provoking'Times Literary Supplement
'Colin Burrow's book is stunningly good.'English Studies Vol 75 no 6
'Dr Burrow's book tells a powerfully original version of a fascinating, but hitherto often obscure, story...Readers are urged to turn directly to Dr Burrow's eloquent and patiently erudite exposition.'RES New Series XLVII 185
' ... important book ... Burrow has done us all a service, offering what is probably the first proper discussion, in a general study, of Fairfax's Tasso and Harington's Ariosto, as well as Drayton, Daniel and Cowley. What emerges from these richly exploratory chapters is that throughout theseventeenth century writers of epic were engaged in a series of transformations of past modes of heroism: This book requires the reader's closest attention, because of the density and complexity of its amterial and the very large number of texts which it digests. Not that it is particularly hardto read. Burrow wears his learning lightly, and the style rattles along cheerfully, allegreo ... there is much more to praise here than to criticise, and Burrow's book will take its place as a major contribution to its vast and much frequented subject.'K.W. Gransden, University of Warwick. Essays in Criticism. Vol XLIV No 3, July '94
"In this first-rate study, Burrow unites intelligence, clarity, wide reading in criticism, originality in viewing parallel situations exemplifying sympathy or pity, and humor."--Choice "...it is a wonderful book--beautifully written, bold in thought, learned, stimulating, concerned with what is deeply and enduringly human. The "history of sympathy" that it relates rewrites the history of "epic romance," and it succeeds not only in sympathetically joining opposed generic terms, but also in bridging generations of readers and writers."--International Journal of the Classical Tradition
"In this first-rate study, Burrow unites intelligence, clarity, wide reading in criticism, originality in viewing parallel situations exemplifying sympathy or pity, and humor."-- Choice "...it is a wonderful book--beautifully written, bold in thought, learned, stimulating, concerned with what is deeply and enduringly human. The "history of sympathy" that it relates rewrites the history of "epic romance," and it succeeds not only in sympathetically joining opposed generic terms, but also in bridging generations of readers and writers."-- International Journal of the Classical Tradition
'It is a learned, informative, humane and stimulating study.'Times Higher Education Supplement
'There is much to welcome in a book which will be of particular use to Classical scholars interested in the Nachleben of the epic. Some of the readings in Homer seem authentically fresh and attractive ... the discussion of political epic in the early modern period, and of the politicizationof epic in the English Civil War, is full of the kind of ideas which any interested reader would wish to digest and use.'The Classical Review
'It is a learned, informative, humane and stimulating study.'Times Higher Education Supplement'but his reading of his subjects as correcting and developing suggestions in their predecessors' work is extremely thought-provoking'Times Literary Supplement' ... important book ... Burrow has done us all a service, offering what is probably the first proper discussion, in a general study, of Fairfax's Tasso and Harington's Ariosto, as well as Drayton, Daniel and Cowley. What emerges from these richly exploratory chapters is that throughout the seventeenth century writers of epic were engaged in a series of transformations of past modes of heroism: This book requires the reader's closest attention, because ofthe density and complexity of its amterial and the very large number of texts which it digests. Not that it is particularly hard to read. Burrow wears his learning lightly, and the style rattles along cheerfully, allegreo ... there is much more to praise here than to criticise, and Burrow's book willtake its place as a major contribution to its vast and much frequented subject.'K.W. Gransden, University of Warwick. Essays in Criticism. Vol XLIV No 3, July '94'There is much to welcome in a book which will be of particular use to Classical scholars interested in the Nachleben of the epic. Some of the readings in Homer seem authentically fresh and attractive ... the discussion of political epic in the early modern period, and of the politicization of epic in the English Civil War, is full of the kind of ideas which any interested reader would wish to digest and use.'The Classical Review'Colin Burrow's book is stunningly good.'English Studies Vol 75 no 6'Dr Burrow's book tells a powerfully original version of a fascinating, but hitherto often obscure, story...Readers are urged to turn directly to Dr Burrow's eloquent and patiently erudite exposition.'RES New Series XLVII 185'Burrow's generally careful mapping of the emotions pity, fear, rage, and compassion from Homer to Milton is a refreshing approach in creating an alliance between epic and romance ... Burrow presents an even balance between primary texts and critical texts. Notes are rich and insightful, the bibliography is sound, and never at any point in the book do secondary sources swallow the argument.'Robert T. Behunin, Southern Utah University, The Ben Jonson Journal, Volume 2/1995'Burrow's generally careful mapping of the emotions pity, fear, rage, and compassion from Homer to Milton is a refreshing approach in creating an alliance between epic and romance ... Notes are rich and insightful, the bibliography is sound, and never at any point in the book do secondary sources swallow the argument.'Robert T. Behunin, South Utah University, Ben Jonson Journal
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Summaries
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Drawing on up-to-date research, this book presents a comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer, through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser and a host of minor writers who helped create the idiom within which these authors worked, to the great achievements of John Milton.
Long Description
Epic Romance: Homer to Milton presents a comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer, through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and the host of minor writers who helped create the idiom within which these writers worked, to the idiom within which these writers worked, to the indiviudal authors in historical context link to develop a powerful explanation of how and why the epic changed from Homer to Milton. Dr Burrow shows how the romance hero, whose prime motives are love and pity, emerged from a sequence of reinterpretations of Homer which runs from Virgil's Aeneid and its medieval redactions to Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Relating the emergence of the romance hero to the digressive, decentred form of romance, the author explores how later writers sought to control the digressive energies of the romance hero and to create a language and form of heroism more like those of classical epic. This analysis leads to a fresh account of the way in which Renaissance writers responded to, and moved tentatively towards, the writing of the past. Arguing against the view that Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and Milton were engaged ina battle for mastery over their predecessors, Dr Burrow reveals how they transformed they received intrepreations of past epic in order to draw closer to the narrative forms of their classical forebears.
Long Description
This study presents a comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and the host of minor writers who helped create the idiom within which these writers worked, to the great achievements of Milton. Detailed studies of individual authors in historical context link to develop a powerful explanation of how and why the epic changed from Homer to Milton.
Main Description
A comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer, through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and a host of minor writers, to the great achievements of Milton.
Main Description
Epic Romance: Homer to Milton presents a comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer, through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and the host of minor writers who helped create the idiom within which these writers worked, to the idiom within which these writers worked, to the indiviudalauthors in historical context link to develop a powerful explanation of how and why the epic changed from Homer to Milton. Dr Burrow shows how the romance hero, whose prime motives are love and pity, emerged from a sequence of reinterpretations of Homer which runs from Virgil's Aeneid and its medieval redactions to Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Relating the emergence of the romance hero to the digressive, decentred formof romance, the author explores how later writers sought to control the digressive energies of the romance hero and to create a language and form of heroism more like those of classical epic. This analysis leads to a fresh account of the way in which Renaissance writers responded to, and movedtentatively towards, the writing of the past. Arguing against the view that Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and Milton were engaged ina battle for mastery over their predecessors, Dr Burrow reveals how they transformed they received intrepreations of past epic in order to draw closer to the narrative formsof their classical forebears.
Table of Contents
Note on Spelling and Abbreviations
'Hail, Muse! Etcetera'p. 1
Homerp. 11
The Iliadp. 15
The Odysseyp. 26
Virgilp. 34
Ariostop. 52
Tassop. 76
Spenserp. 100
Spenser and Ariosto: The Faerie Queene, Book IIIp. 102
Beyond Romance: Spenser and Tassop. 120
Ending Epic Romancep. 139
Inglorious Spensersp. 147
Harington's Ariostop. 148
Fairfax's Tassop. 168
Raging Baronsp. 180
Inglorious Miltonsp. 200
Chapman's Iliadsp. 200
Chapman's Odysseys: Paradise Lostp. 219
Death by Anatomy: Epic after Chapmanp. 233
Miltonp. 244
Early Milton: Wandering Muses Lostp. 244
The Genesis of Satanp. 250
The Romance of Hellp. 263
Falling in Lovep. 275
Select Bibliographyp. 290
Indexp. 317
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