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Shakespeare's Lyric Stage: Myth, Music, and Poetry in the Last Plays

Seth Lerer


This book argues for a new relationship between music, myth, lyric, and drama in Shakespeare's last plays. In the last plays, Shakespeare dramatizes these tensions between the social and the aesthetic in response to the changing roles of myth and lyricism in early seventeenth-century English culture. Looking closely at the complex roles of an Orpheus at court and on the stage, the book turns to the life and work of John Dowland, known in his time as the “English Orpheus.” The great lutenist of the Elizabethan period and one of the most widely published and performed musician of the Jacobean ag ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Dowland, music, myth, Orpheus, Ovid, ravishment, First Folio, last plays, lyric poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226582405
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226582689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Lerer, author
University of California, San Diego