The Consolation of Otherness: The Male Love Elegy in Milton, Gray and Tennyson Matthew Curr

ISBN: 9780786412396

Published: May 1st 2002

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176 pages


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The Consolation of Otherness: The Male Love Elegy in Milton, Gray and Tennyson  by  Matthew Curr

The Consolation of Otherness: The Male Love Elegy in Milton, Gray and Tennyson by Matthew Curr
May 1st 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 176 pages | ISBN: 9780786412396 | 4.69 Mb

The social and religious constraints of their time may have prevented John Milton, Thomas Gray, and Alfred Tennyson from conscious expression or even unconscious recognition of the true extent of their love and devotion to their young male friends,MoreThe social and religious constraints of their time may have prevented John Milton, Thomas Gray, and Alfred Tennyson from conscious expression or even unconscious recognition of the true extent of their love and devotion to their young male friends, but it lies at the heart of their emotional lives and poetry.

Connected by the extraordinary coincidence that each of their loved ones died young, Milton, Gray, and Tennyson are also connected by the male-love elegies that sprang from their grief. This work examines the relationships between John Milton and Charles Diodati, Thomas Gray and Richard West, and Alfred Tennyson and Arthur Hallam through a critical study of Miltons Epitaphium Damonis, Grays Elegy, and Tennysons In Memoriam. It shows how their concepts of otherness and difference from the people around them provided comfort after the loss of their loved ones.

It discusses Miltons use of Latin to mourn his friend and screen the most resounding expressions of his love while keeping at bay those not ready to understand his concept of otherness, how Gray used both Latin and the vernacular to express his grief while conforming to social and religious constraints by also addressing larger concerns- and Tennysons ability to use the vernacular with complete security to speak out and yet hold back private thoughts about the person he loved more than almost any other in his life.



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