Age of Spenser Poets And The Crown - Essay

Poets And The Crown

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

O. B. Hardison, Jr. (essay date 1962)

SOURCE: "Rhetoric, Poetics, and Theory of Praise," in The Enduring Monument: A Study of the Idea of Praise in Renaissance Literary Theory and Practice, The University of North Carolina Press, 1962, pp. 24-42.

[Below, Hardison examines the influence of classical authors on sixteenth-century poets in terms of their praise of public figures and the shaping of their subjects' reputions through poetry.]

… To trace all the ramifications of the theory of praise during the sixteenth century would be to write a small-scale history of Renaissance criticism. Therefore, the present survey makes no pretense of being...

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