Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
Book — x, 293 p. ; 24 cm.
As a literary mode lyric is difficult to define or even discuss: whereas the term is often broadly applied to brief works of poetry with songlike qualities that express the speaker's own thoughts and feelings without the apparent intention of addressing another person, critics have historically called many such assumptions into question, doubting the very possibility of self-expression in language. Turning to the lyric poetry of early modern England, Heather Dubrow examines the major problems about and conceptions of lyric. "The Challenges of Orpheus" confronts widespread assumptions about lyric, encompassing such issues as its relationship to its audiences, the impact of material conditions of production and other cultural pressures, lyric's negotiations of gender, and the interactions and tensions between lyric and narrative. Offering fresh perspectives on and reinterpretations of major texts of the period - from Wyatt's "My lute awake" to Milton's Nativity Ode - as well as poems by lesser-known figures, Dubrow extends her critical conclusions to poetry in other modes and to the relationship between creative writers and critics, recommending new directions for the study of lyric and of genre. (source: Nielsen Book Data)