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Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England

Ramie Targoff

Abstract

Posthumous Love explores the boundaries that Renaissance English poets drew between earthly and heavenly love. The idea that love would transcend mortality was central to the Italian tradition that English authors had inherited. Dante and Petrarch each envisioned their future encounters in the afterlife—Dante with Beatrice, and Petrarch with Laura—and Neoplatonic philosophers described in great detail the ladder of love that gently ascended from the earthly beloved to the heavens above. When English poets begin to grapple seriously with this Italian legacy in the early sixteenth century, they ... More

Keywords: love, death, Renaissance poetry, afterlife, carpe diem, Petrarch, Neoplatonism, posthumous

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226789590
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226110462.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ramie Targoff, author