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Summary of Week 4

It has been a pleasure to read your responses to this week’s work after another exhausting two weeks of online teaching at Lancaster. Victoria attached a link to one of …

To the Angel Spirit by Mary Sidney Herbert

‘To the Angel Spirit’ is Mary Sidney Herbert’s dedicatory poem to her brother, Sir Philip Sidney, written when she had completed their translation of the Psalms of David. After Sir …

Sir Henry Sidney’s Funeral Sermon

Sir Henry Sidney, the father of the first generation of Sidney writers, died in 1586. We will examine the sermon preached at his funeral in Penshurst Church which gives a …

Writing Sonnets, imitation and decoration

Sonnets were handwritten and circulated in manuscript between intimates at the court, as critic Patricia Fumerton has argued, so the writing of a sonnet was a physical as well as …

Interview with Professor Richard Dutton

This step introduces Jonson’s poem in an interview with Professor Richard Dutton. Listen to Richard speaking and then read the poem which you will find in the downloads section below, …