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ANALYSIS OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

EFFECTS OF THE CLASSICAL RENAISSANCE ON

MODERN EUROPEAN POETRY

Double significance of the word “Renaissance"; political and literary.
Greek Art and Literature the reflection of free Greek civic life : its decay.

Assimilation of Greek Art in the Roman Empire : overthrow of the
Empire by the barbarians.

Resurrection of Art in the early civic life of modern Europe.

Effects of the Classical Renaissance proportioned to the degree of civil
and religious liberty in the various nations of Europe.

The Renaissance stimulates artistic invention in free communities, but
overlays national originality with imitated classic forms in States deprived
of their political freedom.

ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN POETRY

Dante's national Mediævalism.
Ariosto's balanced style in the first period of the Classical Renaissance.
Tasso : Mixture of Classical and Romantic elements in his style.
Marino : Anarchy of Romantic and Classic elements in his style.
Chiabrera and Fulvio Testi : Formal Imitation of the Classics.

ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE HISTORY OF FRENCH POETRY

Party struggle between the Feudal and Bourgeois Elements in the French
nation reflected in French Poetry : Roman de la Rose ; Machault : Eustace
Deschamps : Charles of Orleans : Coquillart : Villon.

Alliance between the Crown and the Bourgeoisie.

Opposition of literary taste between Marot and Ronsard : Malherbe and
D'Aubigné : Boileau and the Hôtel Rambouillet.

Victory of the Classical Renaissance under the direction of Boileau.
Uncompromising character of French Absolutism and French Classicism.

ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY

Ambiguity in the ideas of the English People after the separation from the
Papacy. .

Gradual evolution of the idea of National Unity.
Conflict in English Poetry between Mediæval and Classical Elements.
Gradual victory of the Classical Renaissance exemplified in Paradise Lost.

Struggle between the Crown and Parliament during the seventeenth
century : its influence on Poetry.

Comparison between the course of French Poetry after the accession of
Louis XIV. and English Poetry after the Revolution of 1688.

Stationary character of French Poetry in the eighteenth century : gradual

changes in English Poetry.

CHARLES MONTAGUE, EARL OF HALIFAX

Contrast between his career and Montague's.
Specimens of his panegyrical style : Ode Presented to the King.
Burlesque of Boileau's Ode on the taking of Namur.

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