Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England

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For Dante and Petrarch, posthumous love was a powerful conviction. Like many of their contemporaries, both poets envisioned their encounters with their beloved in heavenDante with Beatrice, Petrarch with Laura. But as Ramie Targoff reveals in this elegant study, English love poetry of the Renaissance brought a startling reversal of this tradition: human love became definitively mortal. Exploring the boundaries that Renaissance English poets drew between earthly and heavenly existence, Targoff seeks to understand this shift ...

Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England 2014, University of Chicago Press

ISBN-13: 9780226789590

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