transmission across what was the great divide between pagan antiquity and a Christian world. At the end of the sixteenth century, this was still a matter of babies and bathwater. Secondly, it exemplifies some of the more literal problems of translation and m a y be taken to show h o w English was developed in the process. Thirdly it exemplifies h o w an authoritative text can be co-opted and shaped to fit contemporary concerns through allegory, allusion, and comments on such topics as witchcraft and hell. A fourth interest lies in h o w theories of poetry could legitimize these various forms of creative adaptation. The use of Virgil becomes potentially problematic in a protestant environment for the poet's prophesies about R o m e could easily embrace the R o m a n church. Harington was clearly aware of this and reminds the reader of h o w m a n y times R o m e has been destroyed. H e adapted thetextto present needs by the draconian measure of leaving bits out, an endearing tactic for those w h o have had to suffer surfeits of Virgil in school. Despite the difficulties of
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Apr 3, 1991
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