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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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Petrarch and the Scottish Renaissance Sonnet

Petrarch and the Scottish Renaissance Sonnet

(p.258) (p.259) 16 Petrarch and the Scottish Renaissance Sonnet
Petrarch in Britain

Ronald D. S. Jack

British Academy

This chapter examines the Scottish Petrarchans before and after 1603 or the Union of the Crowns. It explains that Petrarch was initially resisted as a model for the connection between poetry and nationhood and that the Scottish sonnet became more anglicised when James VI became King of England and Scotland and Petrarchism became the more dominant lyrical influence. It considers three Scottish poets who exemplify this development of the Petrarchan sonnet, culminating in William Drummond of Hawthornden.

Keywords:   Scottish Petrarchans, Union of the Crowns, poetry, nationhood, Scottish sonnet, James VI, Petrarchism, lyrical influence, William Drummond

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