Reverberating Song in Shakespeare and Milton

Reverberating Song in Shakespeare and Milton

Author: Erin Minear

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317063728

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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In this study, Erin Minear explores the fascination of Shakespeare and Milton with the ability of music-heard, imagined, or remembered-to infiltrate language. Such infected language reproduces not so much the formal or sonic properties of music as its effects. Shakespeare's and Milton's understanding of these effects was determined, she argues, by history and culture as well as individual sensibility. They portray music as uncanny and divine, expressive and opaque, promoting associative rather than logical thought processes and unearthing unexpected memories. The title reflects the multiple and overlapping meanings of reverberation in the study: the lingering and infectious nature of musical sound; the questionable status of audible, earthly music as an echo of celestial harmonies; and one writer's allusions to another. Minear argues that many of the qualities that seem to us characteristically 'Shakespearean' stem from Shakespeare's engagement with how music works-and that Milton was deeply influenced by this aspect of Shakespearean poetics. Analyzing Milton's account of Shakespeare's 'warbled notes,' she demonstrates that he saw Shakespeare as a peculiarly musical poet, deeply and obscurely moving his audience with language that has ceased to mean, but nonetheless lingers hauntingly in the mind. Obsessed with the relationship between words and music for reasons of his own, including his father's profession as a composer, Milton would adopt, adapt, and finally reject Shakespeare's form of musical poetics in his own quest to 'join the angel choir.' Offering a new way of looking at the work of two major authors, this study engages and challenges scholars of Shakespeare, Milton, and early modern culture.
Reverberating Song in Shakespeare and Milton
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Erin Minear
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-08 - Publisher: Routledge

In this study, Erin Minear explores the fascination of Shakespeare and Milton with the ability of music-heard, imagined, or remembered-to infiltrate language. Such infected language reproduces not so much the formal or sonic properties of music as its effects. Shakespeare's and Milton's understanding of these effects was determined, she argues,
Reverberating Song in Shakespeare and Milton
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Asst Prof Erin Minear
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-05-28 - Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

In this study, Erin Minear explores the fascination of Shakespeare and Milton with the ability of music–heard, imagined, or remembered–to infiltrate language. Such infected language reproduces not so much the formal or sonic properties of music as its effects. Shakespeare's and Milton's understanding of these effects was determined, she argues,
Gender and Song in Early Modern England
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Leslie C. Dunn, Katherine R. Larson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-15 - Publisher: Routledge

Song offers a vital case study for examining the rich interplay of music, gender, and representation in the early modern period. This collection engages with the question of how gender informed song within particular textual, social, and spatial contexts in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Bringing together ongoing work in musicology,
Robert Armin and Shakespeare's Performed Songs
Language: en
Pages: 206
Authors: Catherine A. Henze
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-06-26 - Publisher: Taylor & Francis

After Robert Armin joined the Chamberlain's Men, singing in Shakespeare's dramas catapulted from 1.25 songs and 9.95 lines of singing per play to 3.44 songs and 29.75 lines of singing, a virtually unnoticed phenomenon. In addition, many of the songs became seemingly improvisatory—similar to Armin's personal style as an author
Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood
Language: en
Pages: 277
Authors: D. Williams
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-23 - Publisher: Springer

This is the first scholarly study devoted to Shakespeare's girl characters and conceptions of girlhood. It charts the development of Shakespeare's treatment of the girl as a dramatic and literary figure, and explores the impact of Shakespeare's girl characters on the history of early modern girls as performers, patrons, and