The Rape of Lucrece

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Published on 12 Oct 2011
School
UTSG
Department
English
Course
ENG220H1
September 14
if extension is needed, talk to my TA, they’ll sign some paper and it needs to get handed
in with the essay. Longer than a week, talk to the prof.
The Rape of Lucrece: poem 1594, theaters were closed b/c of plague
“The Thump of Death” image of the plague. Bubonic/black death, killed approx. 1/3 of
pop 14-15th cent. Now we know it was carried by rats. Easy to become infected,
including at the theater, could take 3 days after infection was caught to die. once plague
deaths rose, the theaters would close.
“plague beak” metal, filled with odoriferous herbs, plants, and flowers. Thought it was
spread by unclean air. Fires would be built with aromatic woods to perfume the air and
“chase away” the plague
Followed on the heels of Venus & Adonis in ‘93 both dedicated to the same person,
Henry Wriothesely 3rd Earl of Southampton. The dedication id too romantic to just be
writing to a patron. The Master Mistress of my Passion.
Patronage: comples system of financial and social support, political protection, and
often linked to literary coteries, social prestige, and preferment.
3rd Earl of Southampton: William Shakespeare, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Nashe,
Gervase Markham, John Florio, Barnabe Barnes
form of political protection: some writing had the possibility of being politically
dangerous, useful to have someone intervene on your behalf. Good networking
coterie: informal group of people the shared similar interests. manuscripts many times
not published, but circulated around coteries.
Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrce based on Livy’s History of Rome and Ovid’s Fast (a
Roman calendar of events that happened)
plot: in 509 BCE, Sextus Tarquinius, son of Taruin, King of Rome, raped Lucretia, the
wife of Collatinus, one of the king’s aristocratic followers. Lucretia committed suicide,
and the display of her dead body incited the revolt that resulted in he deposition and
exile of the Tarquins and the founding of the Roman Republic.
1594, wrote RoL. Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne. childless & single. A lot of
instability. After it was realized E was a great queen, people wanted to extend her reign,
there were many courtships. Once she became too old to have children, the rhetoric
became that she was married to her kingdom and subjects and that her virginity was
crucial to the maintenance and stability of the relationship. Before she was portrayed as
being beautiful and inaccessible. Rhetoric shifted.
The Armada Portrait: large pearl pendant: symbol of virginirt, lies over where her
genitalia would be. Signifies the idea that that the body of the monarch analogically
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September 14 if extension is needed, talk to my ta, they"ll sign some paper and it needs to get handed in with the essay. Longer than a week, talk to the prof. The rape of lucrece: poem 1594, theaters were closed b/c of plague. The thump of death image of the plague. Now we know it was carried by rats. Easy to become infected, including at the theater, could take 3 days after infection was caught to die. once plague deaths rose, the theaters would close. Plague beak metal, filled with odoriferous herbs, plants, and flowers. Fires would be built with aromatic woods to perfume the air and. Followed on the heels of venus & adonis in 93 both dedicated to the same person, The dedication id too romantic to just be writing to a patron. Patronage: comples system of financial and social support, political protection, and often linked to literary coteries, social prestige, and preferment.