Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

A Fountain for the Countess: Co-Creating Paradise in Donne's "Twicknam Garden"

A Fountain for the Countess: Co-Creating Paradise in Donne's "Twicknam Garden" <p>Abstract:</p><p>In this essay, the paradisal visions presented in John Donne&apos;s lyric "Twicknam Garden" and in the actual garden at Twickenham Park belonging to his patron Lucy, Countess of Bedford, find mutual illumination through my readings of the conventional European garden across periods and artistic media. Without evidence from the garden, readings of the poem reach a dead end in the exhausted tropes of Petrarchan love poetry. Without evidence from the poem, readings of the garden misidentify it as a baroque model of the Ptolemaic cosmos. Considering the two together, I offer a case study of horticultural ambitions under conditions of limited resources and reveal how the poem—by way of an imagined fountain absent from the garden itself—imports Parnassus into the paradisal space it constructs, an eroticized humanist vision of the medieval Garden of Love. Donne&apos;s lyric creates a refuge for poets from the limits of Petrarchism and patronage, while still playing the courtly game.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Philology University of North Carolina Press

A Fountain for the Countess: Co-Creating Paradise in Donne&apos;s "Twicknam Garden"

Studies in Philology , Volume 117 (3) – Jul 8, 2020

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-north-carolina-press/a-fountain-for-the-countess-co-creating-paradise-in-donne-apos-s-mjMnKaz70n
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Copyright
Copyright © Studies in Philology, Incorporated
ISSN
1543-0383

Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>In this essay, the paradisal visions presented in John Donne&apos;s lyric "Twicknam Garden" and in the actual garden at Twickenham Park belonging to his patron Lucy, Countess of Bedford, find mutual illumination through my readings of the conventional European garden across periods and artistic media. Without evidence from the garden, readings of the poem reach a dead end in the exhausted tropes of Petrarchan love poetry. Without evidence from the poem, readings of the garden misidentify it as a baroque model of the Ptolemaic cosmos. Considering the two together, I offer a case study of horticultural ambitions under conditions of limited resources and reveal how the poem—by way of an imagined fountain absent from the garden itself—imports Parnassus into the paradisal space it constructs, an eroticized humanist vision of the medieval Garden of Love. Donne&apos;s lyric creates a refuge for poets from the limits of Petrarchism and patronage, while still playing the courtly game.</p>

Journal

Studies in PhilologyUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 8, 2020

There are no references for this article.