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Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry

Wendy Beth Hyman

Abstract

Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry examines the limits of embodiment, knowledge, and representation at disregarded nexus: the erotic carpe diem poem in early modern England. These macabre seductions offer no compliments or promises, but instead focus on the lovers’ anticipated decline, and—quite stunningly given the Reformation context—humanity’s relegation not to a Christian afterlife but to a Marvellian “desert of vast Eternity.” In this way, a poetic trope whose classical form was an expression of pragmatic Epicureanism became, during the religious upheaval ... More

Keywords: Renaissance, early modern, erotic literature, seduction poetry, carpe diem, knowledge, epistemology, desire, poetics, skepticism, materialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198837510
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198837510.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Beth Hyman, author
Oberlin College