One passage that has no parallel in Claudian's Epithalamium
de nuptiis Honori et Mariae, the description of the pond in the center of the piano, has its origin in a combination of elements from Ovid's Metamorphoses (3.
102) For Gregory of Elvira, the major pars of the church is too immersed in the cares of the world to live justly; see Epithalamium
is usually thought of as a classical or renaissance genre, with Edmund Spenser's "Epithalamion" (1595) as the most famous example in English.
In reissuing his sequence with its own companion poem, half complaint, half epithalamium
, he persists in this parody whilst drawing out more explicitly and in a new, more sympathetic context, the political implications of Modern Love itself, tying the sexual reform proposed in the earlier poem to the wider political program of women's emancipation embodied in the honest lady and embraced by the enamored sage as it was by Meredith himself.
The point about epithalamium
, or marriage poem, as a genre was not, of course, incidental for the medieval view of marriage, or for the particular performance of this poem in the court of Marie de Champagne.
For Luxon, the "wedded love" of Milton's epithalamium
is merely a step toward higher, spiritual love, in no way a celebration of sexuality.
Here the epithalamium
written by Paulinus of Nola for Julian's marriage to Titia is the principal source and foreshadows many features of Julian's later life and thought.
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.
And what after all is the epithalamium
if not a vindication of the flesh?
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