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Sidney Psalter The Psalms of Sir Philip and Mary Sidney

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ISBN-10: 0199217939

ISBN-13: 9780199217939

Edition: 2009

Authors: Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney, Hannibal Hamlin, Michael G. Brennan, Margaret P. Hannay

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'the highest matter in the noblest form'John Donne's description of the Psalms celebrates not only the perfection of the biblical psalms but their translation into poetic form by the Sidneys, who turned them into some of the most accomplished lyric poems of the English Renaissance. Although it was not printed until the nineteenth century, the Sidney Psalter was widely read in manuscript and influenced poets from Donne and Herbert to Milton and beyond. It turned these well-known and well-loved Psalms into sophisticated verse,selecting or inventing a different stanza form for each one. This variety of forms matches the appeal of their content: there are Psalms of praise and blame, Psalms of cursing and lamentation, Psalms of joy and exaltation, Psalms that recount history, and Psalms that describe Creation or divine law.This is the first complete edition of the Psalter for over forty years. The Psalms are provided in an authoritative modernized text, with helpful glosses and notes illuminating points of interpretation, and an introduction setting the Psalms in their literary and cultural contexts.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 9/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Hannibal Hamlin is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of Psalm Culture and Early Modern Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2004), the co-editor of The Sidney Psalter: The Psalms of Sir Philip and Mary Sidney and has written numerous articles and reviews on Shakespeare, Donne, Milton and Renaissance literature.