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    Eugene Adrian Burkart (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... ctrt 1. CHAPTER I. Introduct1on. No allegorical poem, worthy of that name and so well known during the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII as the 'Pastime of Pleasure,' has since met with so much undeserved negligence and unfair judgment by literary critics as the above named allegory of Stephen Hawes. I attribute this negligent treatment not only to the great scarcity of the text, but also to the unfortunate choice of the subject. It must, however, be remembered that our poet, being a courtier, and depicting his ideal of education and the life of a knight at that period, wrote for a comparatively small class of readers. He put into verse the refined language of the court, which is not marked by many of those simple but vigorous expressions, mostly of Anglo-Saxon origin, which procured the undisputed popularity to Chaucer, Gower, Lydgate and even Skelton and Barclay. Hawes' language shows a more advanced state of style and vocabulary than any of his contemporaries and these circumstances, together with his pedantic display of learning can have recommended his writings to the well educated classes only, for whom they were intended, and must have hindered them from becoming popular. The unhappy introduction of the seven sciences and the somewhat tedious length of the poem have also discouraged many a reader and student, and have shut their eyes to the real merit of our poet: but let us not forget that it was intended for an audience quite accustomed to what now seems to us an unreasonable development and application of allegorical figures. B Compare Chaucer s 'Romaunt of the Rose,' with 7698 lines, 'House of Fame,' unfinished, 2158 lines, Lydgate's ' Temple of Glass,' 1403 lines, ' Court of Sapience,' 2282 lines, etc. Hawes, wishing to produce a...
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  • PDF | 18 pages
  • Eugene Adrian Burkart (Author)
  • RareBooksClub.com (5 July 2012)
  • English
  • 10
  • Poetry, Drama Criticism

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