"I shall weep though I be stone": Grief and Language in Andrew Marvell

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dc.contributor.author Henrichs, Amanda K.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-05T23:41:03Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-05T23:41:03Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/6557
dc.description 55 p. A THESIS Presented to the Department of English and the Clark Honors College of the University of Oregon in partial fulfillment of the requirements for degree of Bachelor of Arts, Spring 2008. en
dc.description.abstract Through the centuries, critics have struggled with the poetry of Andrew Marvell, using diverse frameworks to examine his work. In this thesis, three poems – “Upon the Death of the Lord Hastings,” “Mourning,” and “The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn” – will be read as elegies in order to examine how Andrew Marvell treats the intersection of language and grief in the elegiac form. Traditionally, the elegy is meant first to praise and lament the deceased, and then to console the survivors. However, Marvell actually undermines the supposed power of the elegy to move the mourner beyond her grief. In the elegy for Hastings, the power of grief is such that it affects the immortality of poetic art; in "Mourning," both readers and poetic interpreters fail to find any significance in Clora’s tears; and finally, in the "Nymph Complaining," Marvell links grief to poetry in an intricate, complex fashion, yet ultimately subordinates the survival of the living to the power of the dead. All told, Marvell exposes the elegy as a failed form, revealing that it does not (and indeed cannot) satisfactorily achieve its traditional goal of consoling the bereaved. en
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dc.subject Elegy en
dc.subject Mourning en
dc.subject Language en
dc.subject Andrew Marvell en
dc.subject Grief in literature en
dc.subject Form en
dc.subject Poetry en
dc.subject English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism en
dc.subject Marvell, Andrew, 1621-1678 en
dc.subject Elegiac poetry en
dc.title "I shall weep though I be stone": Grief and Language in Andrew Marvell en
dc.type Thesis en


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