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Conversing with Antiquity: English Poets and the Classics, from Shakespeare to Pope (Classical Presences)

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Conversing with Antiquity collects, in a substantially revised and updated form, studies of the reception of the classics by English poets of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by one of the leading scholars in the field. A new Introduction locates the book's investigations within the context of current debates between aestheticians and cultural historians about the reception of classical culture. Where some recent studies have regarded English poets' dealings with the classics as acts of 'appropriation', or even 'colonialization', David Hopkins emphasizes the element of dialogic give-and-take in the relationship between these poets and their classical peers. He argues that, rather than simply 'updating' or 'assimilating' the classics to their own cultural norms, poets such as Abraham Cowley, Lucy Hutchinson, Thomas Creech, John Milton, John Dryden, and Alexander Pope engaged in trans-historical conversation with Greek and Roman poets, in which self-discovery and self-transcendence were as important as any simple 'accommodation' of ancient texts to modern tastes.

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Conversing with Antiquity gathers together a selection of revised previously published articles by one of the foremost scholars of Renaissance and early modern English literature, contextualizing them with a specially written Introduction. David Hopkins explores the interaction between English poets of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and those of ancient Greece and Rome, emphasizing the element of exchange and dialogue between the two. Hopkins stresses the ways in which English poets were changed by their engagement with the Classics. He also suggests that valuable new light is cast on classical literature itself by English poets' responses. His study encompasses a number of major classical poets (Homer, Lucretius, Horace, Ovid, Juvenal), and with both mainstream canonical English poets (Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden, Pope) and some of their more interesting contemporaries (Abraham Cowley, Lucy Hutchinson, Thomas Creech, Henry Higden, Christopher Smart).

About the Author

David Hopkins, Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Bristol

David Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reception as Conversation

1. 'The English Homer: Shakespeare, Longinus, and English 'Neoclassicism'

2. Cowley's Horatian Mice

3. The English Voices of Lucretius, from Lucy Hutchinson to John Mason Good

4. 'If he were living, and an Englishman': Translation Theory in the Age of Dryden

5. Dryden and the Tenth Satire of Juvenal

6. Dryden's 'Baucis and Philemon'

7. Nature's Laws and Man's: Dryden's 'Cinyras and Myrrha'

8. Dryden and Ovid's 'Wit out of Season': 'The Twelfth Book of Ovid his Metamorphoses' and 'Ceyx and Alcyone'

9. Translation, Metempsychosis, and the Flux of Nature: Dryden's 'Of the Pythagorean Philosophy'

10. Some Varieties of Pope's Classicism

11. Pope's Trojan Geography

12. Colonization, Closure, or Creative Dialogue? The Case of Pope's Iliad

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199560349
Author:
Hopkins, David
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, David
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700.
Subject:
English poetry -- Classical influences.
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Classical Studies | Literary Criticism
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Ancient - General
Series:
Classical Presences
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 illus.
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
5.7 x 8.6 x 1.2 in 1.244 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Conversing with Antiquity gathers together a selection of revised previously published articles by one of the foremost scholars of Renaissance and early modern English literature, contextualizing them with a specially written Introduction. David Hopkins explores the interaction between English poets of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and those of ancient Greece and Rome, emphasizing the element of exchange and dialogue between the two. Hopkins stresses the ways in which English poets were changed by their engagement with the Classics. He also suggests that valuable new light is cast on classical literature itself by English poets' responses. His study encompasses a number of major classical poets (Homer, Lucretius, Horace, Ovid, Juvenal), and with both mainstream canonical English poets (Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden, Pope) and some of their more interesting contemporaries (Abraham Cowley, Lucy Hutchinson, Thomas Creech, Henry Higden, Christopher Smart).
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