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epithalamium

(ĕp'ĭthəlā`mēəm), song or poem written to celebrate a marriage. An elaborate form of pastoralpastoral,
literary work in which the shepherd's life is presented in a conventionalized manner. In this convention the purity and simplicity of shepherd life is contrasted with the corruption and artificiality of the court or the city.
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, the epithalamium usually tells of the happenings of the wedding day. Nymphs, shepherds, and appropriate mythological figures are present to share the poet's joy. Epithalamiums were written in ancient times by Pindar, Sappho, and Catullus. The biblical Song of Solomon is a classic of the genre as is Edmund Spenser's "Epithalamium" (1595), written to celebrate his own marriage.

epithalamium

poem in honor of bride and groom. [Western Lit.: LLEI, 1: 283]
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Mr Motion's poem, Epithalamium, St George's Chapel, Windsor, was attacked by critics as vacuous and bland despite his attempt to convey the sanctity of the occasion.
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The reader might wish to read Nevitt's essay that further discusses the epithalamium, or wedding poem (see "Rembrandt's Wedding Feast of Samson" in A.
The title, Epithalamium, means a song or poem in honour of the bride and groom, which also prays for their prosperity.
Hanson, LCL (London, 1989), v, i, and in Claudian, Epithalamium, ed.