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FA-232872-16Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersDeborah Cosier SolomonThe Poem and the Garden: Rival Media in Early Modern England1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016$50,400.00DeborahCosierSolomon   Auburn University at MontgomeryMontgomeryAL36117-7088USA2015British LiteratureFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

A book-length study of the relationships between poetic craft and garden design in 16th- and 17th-century England.

This project explores how the major aesthetic conventions of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry take shape through garden imagery. To place poetry in the garden and the garden in poetry was not just a reiteration of old metaphors; it represented a kind of decorum, a means of matching work to site in a way that could offer readers a rich array of multi-media allusions and varied (sometimes paradoxically varied) points of view. In order to demonstrate this aesthetic interchange between garden and lyric, the present study ranges through a number of generic spaces, from sixteenth-century plays and sonnet sequences to seventeenth-century pastoral modes. Drawing attention to the distinctively trans-media manifestations of garden and lyric art introduces new perspectives on the cultural value of form and its involvement in matters of genre, print technology, environment, and self-fashioning.