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Indecorous Thinking: Figures of Speech in Early Modern Poetics

Colleen Ruth Rosenfeld


Indecorous Thinking is a study of artifice at its most conspicuous: it argues that early modern writers turned to figures of speech like simile, antithesis, and periphrasis as the instruments of a particular kind of thinking unique to the emergent field of vernacular poesie. The classical ideal of decorum described the absence of visible art as a crucial precondition for the rhetorical act of persuasion, the regulation of civilized communities, and the achievement of beauty. To speak well in early modern England, one spoke as if off-the-cuff. In readings of three major poets—Philip Sidney, Edm ... More

Keywords: decorum, early modern literature, figures of speech, form, ornament, rhetoric, Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, style, Mary Wroth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823277919
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277919.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen Ruth Rosenfeld, author
Pomona College