"With kissing him I should have killed him first;" death in Ovid and Shakespeare’s 'Venus and Adonis' [forthcoming]

Carter, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-9650-6334, 2015. "With kissing him I should have killed him first;" death in Ovid and Shakespeare’s 'Venus and Adonis' [forthcoming]. Early Modern Literary Studies (24), pp. 1-13. ISSN 1201-2459

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Abstract

This essay will explore the tangled poetic functions of death, both figurative and actual, in Shakespeare’s poem of unrequited love and negotiate the departures from the supporting mythology of Ovid’s text and the mythology from which that text is derived. The poem’s irony, use of antitheses, and utilisation of the received languages and tropes of love are established. I suggest that within these tropes and literary commonplaces, Shakespeare is also playing with and emphasising the potential irony in the language and meaning of death when used as part of the expression of love and desire.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: In Special Issue 24: Readings of Love and Death
Publication Title: Early Modern Literary Studies
Creators: Carter, S.
Publisher: Sheffield Hallam University
Date: 2015
Number: 24
ISSN: 1201-2459
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:18
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:55
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25713

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