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Writing Under TyrannyEnglish Literature and the Henrician Reformation$
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Greg Walker

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283330

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283330.001.0001

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Writing Under Tyranny

Writing Under Tyranny

Wyatt, Surrey, and the Reinvention of English Poetry

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Writing Under Tyranny

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This chapter explores the poetic innovations introduced or imported into England by Wyatt and Surrey in their attempts to discover new ways of writing political verse under Henry VIII’s tyranny. It argues that royal oppression not only stifled the traditional forms of literary good counsel that had dominated literary culture for generations, but also prompted the development of newer forms of expression that would come to be seen as characteristic of the Renaissance spirit: individual subjectivity, interiority, a new secular Petrarchan lyric voice, and a variety of new stanzaic forms and metres.

Keywords:   Hawes, Skelton, English literature, Renaissance, Petrarchanism, lyric verse, aristocratic public sphere

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