Policy in Love: Lyric and Public in Ovid, Petrarch, and Shakespeare

Policy in Love: Lyric and Public in Ovid, Petrarch, and Shakespeare

Christopher Martin $44.95

Published in 1995 | 240 pages | cloth | ISBN: 978-0-8207-0260-5


“This is not another study about the political meanings of love poetry, but instead about the difficult relations of love-lyric poets with their publics, whom intimate poetry seems to exclude, yet on whom its success and preservation depends. . . . This is a fine piece of work, and its many beautifully articulated insights make it well worth reading.” — International Journal of the Classical

Book Information:

Policy in Love contributes to a new understanding of “private” lyric poetry. Christopher Martin engages in close readings of Ovid's Amores, Petrarch's Canzoniere, and Shakespeare's Sonnets, offering a new methodological approach for interpreting love lyrics and looking at textual indications that these lyric poets are aware of a public audience. In contrast to traditional historical or to reader-response critics, Martin generates a theory of interpretation that accounts for the interaction of the author with multiple audiences.

Author Information:

CHRISTOPHER MARTIN is a member of the English Department at Boston University.

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