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Petrarch in BritainInterpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years$
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Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

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Thomas Watson’s Hekatompathia and European Petrarchism

Thomas Watson’s Hekatompathia and European Petrarchism

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(p.217) 13 Thomas Watson’s Hekatompathia and European Petrarchism
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Petrarch in Britain
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Stephen Clucas

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.003.0014

This chapter examines Thomas Watson's Hekatompathia, the first Petrarchan sonnet sequence in English. It explains the use of Hekatompathia to investigate the status of imitation in late sixteenth-century Europe. It analyses the variety of ways in which Watson articulates the relationship between his poems and the originals, from faithful, line-by-line renderings to various kinds of partial translation, to centoni and paraphrase.

Keywords:   Thomas Watson, Hekatompathia, Petrarchan sonnet, literary imitation, poems, partial translation

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