Thursday, March 26, 2009

1500 to 1599: Tottle's Miscellany to Gorboduc, or Ferrex and Porrex.

Richard Tottel (Publisher). British. 1557. Poetry. Tottel’s Miscellany, includes many poems never before published. Marks the beginning of modern English poetry.

Miscellaneous Authors. British. 1559. Poetry. The Mirror for Magistrates. Fall of great men in English history; 19 tragedies, each narrated in the first person by the ghost of its subject. Fickle fortune and moral flaws in character are responsible for tragic ends.

Margaret of Navarre. French. 1559. Tales. Heptameron. Unfinished. 72 tales. Modeled on the Decameron, but original tales were based on her own experience. Psychological.

Torquato Tasso. Italian. 1559/75. Epic Poem. Jerusalem Delivered. Based on historic events of the First Crusade, 1096-1099. Much intervention by mystical figures. Victory for the Crusaders.

Thomas Sackville and Thomas Norton. British. 1561. Play. Gorboduc, or Ferrex and Porrex. First Senecan tragedy in English. First English play in blank verse. Used English historical material. Goboduc and sons Ferrex and Porrex. Porrex kills Ferrex. His mother kills Porrex. The people kill both the king and queen.

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