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Fleeting Things

English Poets and Poems, 1616–1660

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674418431

Publication Date: 02/01/1990

394 pages

10 halftones, 1 line illustration


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  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Thresholds
  • Part One: Counselors and Kings
    • 1. Obduracy: Praising and Blaming
    • 2. “All Time’s Story”: Strafford and Buckingham
    • 3. Doing Nothing Common: The King
  • Part Two: Poets
    • 4. “Light and Airy Man”: Ben Jonson at Court
    • 5. “The Utmost Bound of a Fable”: Ben Jonson in Bed
    • 6. A Justly Suspected Easiness: Reading Shakespeare
  • Part Three: Life and Death
    • 7. “You Never Saw Thing Made of Wood So Fine”: Ships and the Sea
    • 8. A Just Recompense: Lycidas
    • 9. Caught in the Web of Dreams: The Dead
  • Part Four: The Commonwealth
    • 10. “New Things Succeed”: Proverbs
    • 11. “Enjoy the Time”: Going Round and Standing Still
    • 12. “Sir, You Have Not Missed”: Civilized Behavior
  • Part Five: Men and Women
    • 13. Playing with Snakes: Embarrassing Positions
    • 14. “Such Delights I Meant to Say”: Roses and Hair
    • 15. Poetry and Push-Pin: Loyalties
  • Notes
  • Index

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