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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.
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epithalamium

poem in honor of bride and groom. [Western Lit.: LLEI, 1: 283]
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The Poetry of Marriage: The Epithalamium in Europe and Its Development in England.
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The tone can unexpectedly shift, as in "Epithalamium," from the grandeur of abstraction to colloquial irony: "grief of the body, whose language / is hunger--/ and in the hall, the boxed roses: / what they mean / is chaos."
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An epithalamium is a poem written to celebrate which occasion in life?
Huic preterea Claudianus ubi De laudibus Stylichonis [properly, Epithalamium de nuptis Honorii] apud tuam Cyprum, rex optime, deliciosissimum describit viridarium, in quo omnia facile possint enumerari spectantia ad suadendam lasciviam.
(42) Indeed, if it was somehow possible, which I admit it is not, the final lines from this poem are Joy Davidman's prothalamion and epithalamium to Lewis.
Ricardo Garcia Villoslada (Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 1979) 7-400, at 227-30; Eva Schulz-Flugel's introduction to her edition, Gregorius Eliberritanus: Epithalamium sire explanatio in Canticis Canticorum (Freiburg: Herder, 1994) 20-26; and Jose Antonio Molina Gomez, La exegesis como instrumento de creacion cultural: El testimonio de las obras de Gregorio de Elbira (Murcia: Universidad de Murcia, 2000) 225-26.
Indeed she is, and what terminal epithalamium could do justice to this nugget of simplicity and pith?
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