‘Thou & Ile sing to make these dull Shades merry’: Herrick’s Charon Dialogues

Wistreich, R. (2011) ‘Thou & Ile sing to make these dull Shades merry’: Herrick’s Charon Dialogues. In: ‘Lords of Wine and Oile’: community and conviviality in the poetry of Robert Herrick. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199604777

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Literary analysis of Robert Herrick's two Charon dialogues, published in John Playford's Select Musicall Ayres and Dialogues (1652), contextualizes them in the wider European Charon dialogue tradition that draws on a rich set of classical references, including Virgil and Lucian. Appreciation of the parodic ‘Charon and Eucosmia’, an elegy for the prominent royalist, Henry, Lord Hastings, with music by Henry Lawes, depends on familiarity with this otherwise comic genre, epitomized by its partner piece, ‘Charon and Philomel’ (music by William Lawes). Playford's volume anthologizes songs of the pre-Civil-War court, memorializing its particular social ambience and shared frames of literary reference, and may have played a role in post-regicide sustenance of royalist solidarity through social performances, or ‘musickings’.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Charon, Lawes, John Playford, Royalist, musicking, Select Musicall Ayres and Dialogues
Subjects: Music History
Division: Musicology
Depositing User: Ms Katharine Liley
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 14:54
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 14:54
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604777.003.0008
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/524

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