Classical Mythology in English Literature: A Critical Anthology

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Geoffrey Miles
Psychology Press, 1999 - Literary Collections - 456 pages
Classical Mythology in English Literature brings together a range of English versions of three classical myths. It allows students to explore the ways in which they have been reinterpreted and reinvented by writers throughout history. Beginning with a concise introduction to the principle Greco-Roman gods and heroes, the anthology then focuses on three stories:
* Orpheus, the great musician and his quest to free his wife Eurydice from death
* Venus and Adonis, the love goddess and the beautiful youth she loved
* Pygmalion, the master sculptor who fell in love with his creation.
Each section begins with the classical sources and ends with contemporary versions, showing how each myth has been used/abused or appropriated since its origins

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Contents

A rough guide to the gods
20
3
32
4
61
Apollonius of Rhodes from Argonautica c 250 BC
75
Virgil from the Georgics c 29 BC
76
Horace from The Art of Poetry c 10 BC
80
Ovid from the Metamorphoses C AD 10
81
Boethius from The Consolation of Philosophy C AD 520
88
Anne Finch Countess of Winchilsea To Mr Pope c 1714
128
R M A Song 1724
130
The Monkey Who Had Seen the World 1727
131
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Impromptu to a Young Lady Singing 17362
133
Henry Fielding from Eurydice 1737
134
William Collins 2 from On the Use and Abuse of Poetry c 1750
136
Anna Seward from Elegy on Captain Cook 1780
137
William Wordsworth from The Prelude 1805
138

Medieval mythographers
90
6 Thomas of Walsingham c 1405
91
Robert Henryson from Orpheus and Eurydice later fifteenth century
96
Edmund Spenser on Orpheus
101
b from The Faerie Queene 1596
103
George Puttenham from The Art of English Poesy 1589
104
Philip Sidney from Astrophil and Stella 1591
105
George Chapman from Ovids Banquet of Sense 1595
106
William Shakespeare
107
c from Henry VIII or All Is True 1613
109
Giles Fletcher from Christs Victory and Triumph 1610
111
When Orpheus Sweetly Did Complain 1620s?
113
George Sandys from Ovids Metamorphoses Englished 1632
114
Thomas Carew from An Elegy upon the Death of Dr John Donne 1633
116
Alexander Ross from Mystagogus Poeticus 1647
118
a from LAllegro c 1631
119
b from Il Penseroso c 1631
120
d from Paradise Lost 1667
121
John Dryden On the Death of Mr Purcellš 1696
123
Alexander Pope Ode for Music on St Cecilias Day 1713
124
Lord Byron from Hints from Horace 1811
139
Thomas Love Peacock from The Four Ages of Poetry 1820
140
AD
230
Pygmalion
332
P1 Ovid from Metamorphoses C AD 10
346
P4 John Gower from Confessio Amantis c 1390
350
P7 John Marston The Metamorphosis of Pygmalions Image 1598
358
P10 Edmund Waller On the Discovery of a Ladys Painting 1630s?
373
P13 Soame Jenyns The Choice mideighteenth century
379
P15 JeanJacques Rousseau and William Mason Pygmalion 17621811
385
P17 Thomas Lovell Beddoes Pygmalion or The Cyprian Statuary 1825
391
P18 Nathaniel Hawthorne Drownes Wooden Image 1846
398
P19 Elizabeth Barrett Browning from Aurora Leigh 1856
408
P22 W S Gilbert from Pygmalion and Galatea 1871
417
P23 Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Galatea 1885
424
P25 H D Pygmalion 1917
437
P29 Michael Longley Ivory and Water 1994
446
Index of mythological names
453
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Geoff Miles is at the School of English, Film and Theatre at the University of Wellington.

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