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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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Amoretti 1 expresses one of the conflicts that will occupy both this sonnet sequence and the Epithalamion that ostensibly resolves it: that between human tendencies to both idealization and domination.
Good Friday, 1613," and An Epithalamion, or Marriage Song on the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine being Married on St Valentine's Day (1613).
An exception is Thomas Heywood's A Marriage Triumph Solemnized in an Epithalamium, which borrows some of the characteristic features of a masque (it contains The Epithalamion which was probably sung with a lute accompaniment), but was published in a separate booklet.
The Epithalamion itself shall not be discussed here: I will concentrate exclusively on key aspects of the conflictive process that leads to it through the Amoretti, and, by focusing on several specific sonnets, I also hope to point towards a few of their textual sources that have, to my knowledge, been unnoticed until now.
This clearly will not work even with Amoretti or the Epithalamion, and becomes quite perverse with respect to the Fowre Hymnes.
8) Fowler even suggests that the numerical virtuosity of the poem, together with that of Spenser's Faerie Queene (1590-96) and Epithalamion (1595), actually determined the fashion of numerical composition during this period (Spenser 256).
2 Both Gabrieli and Hassler composed an epithalamion for their friend Georg Gruber.
14) Puttenham's use of the battle image for the wedding night is obviously metaphorical when he describes how on the following morning the couple "make a lovely truce and abstinence of that war till next night sealing the placard of that lovely league, with twenty manner of sweet kisses"; but earlier in the same chapter he mentions that the epithalamion was traditionally sung outside the chamber door at the bedding of the bride "to the intent there might no noise be heard out of the bed chamber by the skreeking and outcry of the young damosell feeling the first forces of her stiff and rigorous young man, she being as all virgins tender and weak
In my second year of graduate study, I listened to him as an auditor read chapters from his forthcoming volume on romantic criticism, and in my final year he directed my dissertation on the epithalamion in the Renaissance.
Epithalamion is considered by many to be the best of Spenser's minor poems.
The "wedding of [illusion] and simple need," for which this poem is an ambivalent epithalamion, gives birth to love, just as "Resource and Need" bear Eros in Plato's Symposium (555).
The woods reiterate each stanza of Spenser's matchless wedding-hymn, Epithalamion.