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School of English and Drama

Sophie Baramidze


‘My delight is causer of this strife’: Antithetical Figures of Love and Desire in English Renaissance Poetry



My PhD thesis explores the markedly sustained representation of desire through antithesis and paradox in early modern English poetry. I am specialising in lyric poetry from the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, most notably the works of Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Phillip Sidney, Fulke Greville, Henry Howard Earl of Surrey and Michael Drayton. More famous figures, such as Shakespeare, Marlowe and Donne will also form part of my examination of Renaissance poetry.



Jerry Brotton, Andrea Brady