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Sea-MarkThe Metaphorical Voyage, Spenser to Milton$
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Philip Edwards

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235125

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317415

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Liverpool University Press

This book examines the use of the traditional metaphor of the voyage by six writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, and John Milton. It considers ways in which there may be positive links between real and metaphoric voyages and discusses the implications of the sea-mark in works such as Othello. The book also explores the issue of ‘navigation’ and some scattered allusions to voyaging in Macbeth, reasons for Shakespeare's strange determination to force shipwrecks into the stories he chose for his comedies and romances, and the issue of control and destination in the voyage imagery of Spenser's The Faerie Queen.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, John Milton, metaphor, voyage, navigation, sea-mark

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