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Ovid’s Changing Worlds: English Metamorphoses 1567-1632

Raphael Lyne


This book is about what four renaissance writers do to Ovid, and what he does to them. The four texts at the centre of this book – the Metamorphoses translations of Arthur Golding (1567) and George Sandys (1632), Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, and Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion – are all seen to work within the structural themes of Ovid's epic. All these authors imitate the classics but they serve their native culture while doing so, and in the study the moments of competition and crisis come to the fore. The emergence of the English literary language is shown to be a complex and troubled proc ... More

Keywords: Ovid, Golding, Sandys, Spenser, Drayton, translation, imitation, metamorphosis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187042
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raphael Lyne, author
College Lecturer and Fellow, New Hall, Cambridge
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