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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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Its complex structure begs us to question whether the poem is an epithalamium or shattered sonnet, personal narrative or elegy.
Claudian in the De consolatu Stilichonis [properly, Epithalamium de nuptis Honorii] describes a most delightful garden in your Cyprus, oh excellent king, of which one may enumerate all the delights that prompt one to indulgence.
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His collection of love lyrics, the Basia, epigrams, funeral odes, and epithalamium denote his literary range and productivity, and have stimulated comparative studies with Latin elegists and contemporary Neo-Latin, Italian, Pleiade, and English lyric poets.
An extended version of his essay, titled 'Fernando Pessoa, Outsider Among English Poets', appeared in the Spring 1963 number of The Literary Review, together with samples of Pessoa's poetry in English: ten of the 35 Sonnets, an excerpt from Epithalamium and three of the Inscriptions.
However, the rhetoric of the Renaissance wedding oration or epithalamium, introduced first to Ferrara by the humanist Guarino Guarini in the early fifteenth century, recognised not only the negative equality of two people with similarly little choice in their marital fate, but also the relatively more equal levels of educational preparation and cultural awareness of bride and groom who each represented a powerful and wealthy family.