Darke Hierogliphicks: Alchemy in English Literature from Chaucer to the Restoration

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University Press of Kentucky - 373 páginas
The literary influence of alchemy and hermeticism in the work of most medieval and early modern authors has been overlooked. Stanton Linden now provides the first comprehensive examination of this influence on English literature from the late Middle Ages through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing extensively on alchemical allusions as well as on the practical and theoretical background of the art and its pictorial tradition, Linden demonstrates the pervasiveness of interest in alchemy during this three-hundred-year period. Most writers -- including Langland, Gower, Barclay, Eramu.
 

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Chaucer and the Medieval Heritage
37
SixteenthCentury Alchemical Satire
62
Francis Bacon and Alchemy
104
Ben Jonson and the Drama
118
The Poetry of Donne and Herbert
154
Alchemy Allegory
193
Alchemy in
224
Alchemy Poetry
260
Cauda Pavonis
294
Bibliography
344
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