Mgr. Pavel Drábek, Ph.D.
Anglická literatura renesance AJ14001
13 November 2010
Anthony Munday, from The Englishe Romaine Lyfe
Munday describes in his book a life in the catholic college in Rome. The whole description is not much detailed and there are not even used any special figures of speech, which is I think a purpose of this text. Simple depiction without emotional expression is also used in parts in which the reader would expect some expressions of the sort, e.g. the part about martyrdom of Richard Atkins. This approach of the writer may seem a bit comical when describing flatly the funny or on the other hand very serious facts of the Catholic world. On the contrary, for the Catholics in 1582 the text may be also provocative, because it ends up as anti-Catholic. In both cases, reader has to be familiarised with the Catholicism to understand the text. Although The Englishe Romaine Lyfe may be seen as simple story it also reflects Munday’s anti-Catholic opinions.
Sir Philip Sidney – The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia
In contrast to the The Englishe Romaine Lyfe Sidney’s Arcadia seems to be more storytelling with the moral advice at the end than some serious polemic.
Plot of the story is not much complicated and there is not much action in each chapter but Sidney spends lot of lines describing and using many figures of speech. Moreover he sidetracks to the subtopics and comments of situation that finally reader is not sure what was the purpose of sentence and has to read it several times. In the chapters 11 and 12 Sidney uses also a songs or poetry, which may sometimes serve as revival of the whole text, but in his presentation I feel it more like the same flowery language he uses in the rest of the story which he just puts in lines.
However, except for this complicated expression it is easy for the reader to follow the story of The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia.
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