The Mind's Empire, Myth and Form in George Chapman's Narrative Poems by Raymond B. Waddington VintageLiterary Criticism Book X - Library


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Vintage from the 1970s


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Raymond B. Waddington's critical study of George Chapman's narrative poems, "The Mind's Empire", is a brilliant, in depth explication that does much to throw light on what is, for many modern readers, an obscure poetic corner. From the jacket write up: |> In the past, the poetry of George Chapman has been valued largely for the 'metaphysical' qualities of its difficult, obscure style. Professor Raymond Waddington challenges this view. In the first book-length study of Chapman's poetry he reexamines the familiar Chapman-Donne comparison to demonstrate that, despite certain superficial stylistic similarities, the two poets worked in essentially different modes. Waddington maintains that Chapman's poetry is a collection of brilliantly realized mythological narratives in the tradition of Renaissance Platonism. He traces the development of the poet's style and shows that the interdependence of Platonism in Chapman's thought and his poetics impelled him to develop a poetic mode capable of expressing that platonic vision. [Continued below ... please scroll down ]

TITLE : The Mind's Empire : Myth and Form in George Chapman's Narrative Poems
AUTHOR : Raymond B. Waddington
DATE : (1974)
PLACE : Baltimore
IMPRINT : Johns Hopkins University Press
EDITION : First Edition
PROVENANCE : De-accessioned library volume, and so marked

Trade hardcover; Contains a few line illustrations, bibliographic footnotes, and an index;
x + 221 pages; approximately 6" x 9" ; dark blue cloth with the title, etc. lettered in silver on the spine; pictorial dust-jacket

Presentable condition, with the following noted:
BOARDS : Fading to top of boards, mild surface rub - else clean and presentable with negligible signs of use ... no library markings

SPINE : Color is faded at extremities which also display modest compression -- else clean with title displaying brightly ... no library markings

PAGE EDGES : Clean with no library markings

END PAPERS : Clean with a bit of library process residue - library stamps and pocket on free end-papers - de-accession stamp - the paste-downs have been replaced

INTERIOR :Clean and presentable with minimal library marks

DUST-JACKET : Rubbed and displaying a bit of scuffing front and rear - a small ink mark on the front - library catalog label ghosts are visible on the spine panel .... small areas of peel-scars (thinning) to flaps where they had once been attached to the paste-downs ... else clean ... displays nicely under protective mylar cover.


|> In Chapman's poems the narrator assumes the persona of the Platonic Hierophant, the prophet or oracle who simultaneously conceals the truth from the many and reveals it to the worthy few. Thus, Waddinton points out, Chapman adopts allegorical rhetoric and the language of the mysteries to evolve a poetic mode concerned with universals rather than with particulars. Because of the poets choice of persona, form is particularly significant in Chapman's narrative poems. Waddington distinguishes three different kinds of form: the generic form (outer or conventional form); the mythic form (inner form or shape of the narrative); and the platonic form (the idea of truth behind the poem). In shaping his mythic narratives, Chapman frequently adapts standard myths to suit the particular requirements of his poem. Waddington asserts, however, that Chapman's mythic adaptations are always strictly controlled by decorum and by typological relation.

|> "The Mind's Empire' includes full and detailed reading of the four best and most difficult poems: 'The Shadow for the Night', Ovid's 'Banquet of Sense', 'Hero and Leander', and 'Andromeda Liberata'. Close attention is also paid to 'The Teares of Peace', 'An Epicede', 'Eugenia', and the mythological drama, 'Bussy D'Ambois'. Through comparisons with the works of Donne, Spenser, and Shakespeare, Waddington outlines Chapman's own poetic achievement and shows that his work as a poet is consistent with his recognized accomplishments as a dramatist and translator of Homer. The Mind's Empire will interest all readers concerned with the mythological and metaphoric tradition and poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. <|


1. Chapman's Poetics

2. Mythic Form: The Example of Bussy D'Ambois

3. The Shadow of Night
.......... Orphic Hymns
.......... Luna
.......... Diana
.......... Hecate
.......... De Guiana

4. An Unnatural Perspective: Ovid's Banquet of Sense

5. An Ovidian Epic: Hero and Leander

6. Articulate CLocks and a Splendid Recovery

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