THE ELIZABETHAN WORLD PICTURE Author:E. M. W. TILLYARD "A study of the idea of order in — the age of Shakespeare, Donne and Milton" — This vintage paperback was published as A Vintage Books by Alfred A. Knopf. It is number V-162. We do not find a publication date. The book is 116 pages long and in very good condition. There are no missing or torn pages. There is no stray writing or highlighting. ... more » The binding is tight. There is page discoloration that comes with age and the cover shows some signs of wear.
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"This brief and illuminating account of the ideas of world order prevalent in the Elizabethan age and later is an indispensable companion for readers of the great writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries -- Shakespeare and the Elizabethan dramatists, Donne and Milton, among many others. The basic medieval idea of an ordered Chain of Being is studied by Professor Tillyard in the process of its various transformations by the dynamic spirit of the Renaissance. Among is topics are: Angels; the Stars and Fortune; the Analogy between Macrocosm and Microcosm; the Four Elements; the Four Humours; Sympathies; Correspondences; and the Cosmic Dance -- ideas and symbols which inspirited the minds and imaginations not only of the Elizabethans but of all men of the Renaissance."« less