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John Donne and the Sonnet Problem

What makes a sonnet? For most early modern examples, the answer is clear: a 14-line rhyming poem, its form either Shakespearean (three quatrains and a couplet) or Petrarchan (an octave and a sestet). There are exceptions to those formal rules, but most...
From: Michael Ullyot on 26 Jan 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 20, 1767).“If the linen is not liked, it will be taken back again, if not abused, and the money returned.” In the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Oct 2017

Directing Shakespeare

Michael Bogdanov With the sudden death of Michael Bogdanov this week theatre directors and their importance in the staging of Shakespeare’s plays have been on my mind in the build up to Shakespeare’s birthday. Shakespeare was the first director...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 22 Apr 2017

The Winter’s Tale live streaming: a play for our times

A scene from Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale The Winter’s Tale, with its theme of the pain of loss followed by the joy of resurrection, is a play that is particularly appropriate around Easter and Shakespeare’s Birthday, while...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 18 Apr 2017

Miscellanies, a Disappearing Poet and a Metaphysical Jester

When does a commonplace book become a miscellany? When does a miscellany become a text book and when is John Donne not a metaphysical poet? In the eighteenth century, that’s when. Adam Rounce’s article in the current edition of Eighteenth-Century...
From: SCEMS on 2 Mar 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Cultural Influence of Lucy Harington Russell, Countess of Bedford

“Life of the Muses’ day, their morning star!” The Cultural Influence of Lucy Harington Russell, Countess of Bedford 11–12 August 2016, Lincoln College, OxfordPaper proposals are invited for a conference dedicated to the cultural...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 11 Aug 2016

Would Marvell approve of Tinder? A response to Cosmopolitan

The seventeenth-century poet Andrew Marvell received a mention in a recent Cosmopolitan article about Tinder. Would he really have approved of it, as its author claims? Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 10 May 2016

St. Robert Southwell's Influence

Next month, from St. Augustine's Press: Southwell's Sphere: The Influence of England's Secret Poet by Dr. Gary Bouchard:Once feared by Queen Elizabeth I and admired by William Shakespeare, Robert Southwell, s.j. (1561–1595), clings today to...

Melissa E. Sanchez Events 3/8

Professor Sanchez will be giving an IPRH lecture on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30PM in the newly...
From: Early Modern Workshop on 26 Feb 2016

Upheld by Stillness: Reflections on Renaissance Gems

I posted a preview of this new CD earlier this month: Upheld by Stillness: Renaissance gems and their reflections - Volume 1: Byrd. I received my copy last Friday and have listened to it several times this past weekend. ORA, founded and conducted by Suzi...

Driving Eastward on the Friday after Ash Wednesday

Unlike John Donne, I am going the right direction as I travel on a Lenten Friday, east toward Fort Scott, Kansas.Of course, I'm referring to John Donne's poem, "Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward": Let mans Soule be a Spheare, and then, in this,The intelligence...

William Byrd and John Donne: The Crux of the Piece

From the Gramophone magazine blog, how a composer was inspired by William Byrd to write a musical setting of a John Donne Holy Sonnet:The more I thought and read about Byrd, and the idea of a ‘Credo’ or ‘creed’, I believe I had...

EMW Spring 2016 Events

Thank you to all of those who turned out for the “I love a ballad in print”: New Performances of Shakespeare in Snippets event! It was a great hit and we look forward to the forthcoming article based on the research conducted that evening....
From: Early Modern Workshop on 3 Feb 2016

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 92 and Tenth Song

Be your words made, good sir, of Indian ware, That you allow me them by so small rate? Or do you cutted Spartans imitate? Or do you mean my tender ears to spare That to my questions you so total are? When I demand of Phoenix Stella’s state, You...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 9 Jan 2016

World Poetry Day: The Flea by John Donne

In honour of World Poetry Day, I’ve chosen John Donne’s poem, The Flea. Why? Well, what’s not to like about this classic erotic metaphysical poem? The Flea by  JOHN DONNE Mark but this flea, and mark in this, How little that which...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 21 Mar 2015

John Donne's Grandfather Survives the Prebendaries Plot

Blessed Germain or Jermyn or German Gardiner was executed at Tyburn on March 7, 1544. He was beatified in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII. As Bishop of Winchester Stephen Gardiner's nephew and secretary, he became involved in the Prebendaries' Plot of 1543 and...

Newman the Model of Rhetoric and Style

On the last day of February, 2015 it was snowing in Wichita. We shoveled the snow off our driveway (partially), filling the truck bed and drove off in a more roadworthy vehicle to Eighth Day Books. A book I'd ordered had arrived. The wily proprietor at...

Conferences 2015: Shakespeare and others

The fortress in Famagusta, Cyprus 2015 may be seen as a breathing space between the major years of 2014 (450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth) and 2016 (400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death), but there are a goodly crop of academic...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 27 Feb 2015

Martyrs on February 18 in 1594 and 1601

Blessed William Harrington was born in 1566. When he was 15 years old, the hunted priest, Edmund Campion visited his family home, Mount St. John. Impressed by the future martyr and saint, William left England and studied for the priesthood and prepared...

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