Youth Against Age: Generational Strife in Renaissance Poetry : with Special Reference to Edmund Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender
«Genre de vie» is the French term for what English speakers call «the stages of life.» This book concerns itself with the fundamental connection between genres de vie and literary genres, between chronological categories of human existence and traditional kinds of poetic discourse. Its central focus falls upon the debate of youth and age, a verse convention which sets aboy and an old man in a rustic landscape and pits them in generational combat. It argues that this neglected Renaissance commonplace distills the thematic and formal essence of the larger mode of pastoral. While offering a rhetorical, historical and anthropological analysis of the particular sub-genre, the book proposes a new way of reading all pastoral, based on a study of the life cycle.
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adolescent adult adulthood Alpers anti-pastoral Arcadia argument beauty Berkeley Bildungsroman bucolic California Press Cambridge century chapter character child childhood Colin conflict convention critical Cuddie cycle Daphnis death debate of youth delight dialectical doth eclogue Edmund Spenser Elizabethan Erikson erotic experience expression festivals flowers free love garden genre georgic human ideal of innocence idyllic landscape literary Literature locus amoenus loue Marie-Louise von Franz Marvell melancholy Mircea Eliade mode moral motif nature neoplatonic old age Oxford Paradise passion pastoral debate pastoral ideals pastoral of age pastoral of youth Pastoral Poetry pastoral world pastoral's pastoralist pleasure poem poet Princeton puer reader Renaissance pastoral rhetorical rustic senex setting sexual Shepheardes Calender sing Sir Walter Ralegh social song speaker Spenser spring stage structure thee theme Thenot Theocritus thou tion tradition trans translation trees utopian Vergil verse debate vision vita activa W.H. Auden winter writers York young youth and age yowth