Booth, Mark W. The Experience of Songs. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981. Booth’s chapter “Art Song” is an exhaustive reading of the musical and lyrical aspects of Campion’s “I Care Not for These Ladies,” an “anticourtly” pastoral song. While he devotes some attention to the music of the poem, Booth focuses on the lyrics, finding them more complex than earlier critics had believed.
Coren, Pamela. “In the Person of Womankind: Female Persona Poems by Campion, Donne, Jonson.” Studies in Philology 98, no. 2 (Spring, 2001): 225-250. Analysis of the use of the female persona in Campion’s “A Secret Love or Two, I Must Confesse.”
Davis, Walter R. Thomas Campion. Boston: Twayne, 1987. Devotes separate chapters to Campion’s biography, poetry, music, theory, masques (the Renaissance “multimedia show”), and reputation. Contains a two-page chronology, extensive notes, a selected bibliography with brief annotations, and an index. Essential for Campion scholars.
Lindley, David. Thomas Campion. Leiden, the Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1986. Discusses Campion’s poetry, his music, the relationship between his music and poetry, and his masques. Provides literary, musical, and political contexts but focuses on the works. Contains extensive analyses of individual masques and poems and a select bibliography.
Lowbury, Edward, Timothy Salter, and Alison Young. Thomas Campion: Poet, Composer, Physician. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1970. Despite its title, the book stresses music. Reviews Campion’s critical reputation, provides a biographical chapter, discusses the relationship between music and poetry, and examines his masques, his poem/songs, and his literary and music criticism. Six pages are devoted to “interactions.” Select bibliography.
Ryding, Erik S. In Harmony Framed: Musical Humanism, Thomas Campion, and the Two Daniels. Kirksville, Mo.: Sixteenth Century Publishers, 1993. Contrasts the poetic and musical work of the Daniel brothers, John and Samuel, with Thomas Campion. The author categorizes Campion with the Renaissance humanists. Includes bibliography.
Wilson, Christopher. Words and Notes Coupled Lovingly Together: Thomas Campion, a Critical Study. New York: Garland, 1989. Contains a biographical outline, a review of Campion’s scholarship, an examination of the Campion canon, brief discussions of the poetry and the music, and thorough treatments of Observations in the Art of English Poesie and his musical theories. Includes an extensive commentary on the masques and a comprehensive bibliography.