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SOURCE:   Philology. Theory & Practice. Tambov: Gramota, 2017. № 7. Part 2. P. 16-18.
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"PROTHALAMION" AND THE STARRY SKY OF E. SPENSER

Burova Irina Igorevna, Zang Zizhu
St. Petersburg University


Abstract. Contrary to the tradition of examining "Prothalamion" (1596) as the second Epithalamion in the works of E. Spenser, the article focuses on the eulogy to Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, included in it. The comparison of Essex and suitors, related to him, with objects of the starry sky establishes a connection between "Prothalamion" and "The Ruines of Time" (1591), where celestial apotheosis of F. Sydney is celebrated. The hypothesis, explaining the choice of astronomical metaphors in "Prothalamion", is proposed.
Key words and phrases: Эдмунд Спенсер, елизаветинская поэзия, ренессансный панегирик, граф Эссекс, "Проталама", Edmund Spenser, Elizabethan poetry, Renaissance eulogy, Earl of Essex, "Prothalamion".
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