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Nicholas Breton, the Earl of Essex, and Elizabethan Penitential Poetry

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This essay reexamines the authorship of The Passion of a Discontented Minde (1601, 1602, 1621), a long penitential poem. It challenges on several counts the poem’s generally accepted attribution to Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex, and argues the older case for Nicholas Breton. Analyzing aspects of the poem’s transmission in manuscript and print, I compare some verbal details in the poem with those in attested works by Breton. The poem’s attribution to Es...

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10.1353/sel.2016.0005

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
Harris Manchester College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
SEL Studies in English Literature Journal website
Volume:
56
Issue:
1
Pages:
23-44
Publication date:
2016-12-31
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EISSN:
1522-9270
ISSN:
0039-3657
Source identifiers:
825861
Language:
English
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2019-04-03

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