Marvell's 'Interior Paramour': Clora meets the Cavaliers in 'The Gallery'

Reichardt, Dosia (2006) Marvell's 'Interior Paramour': Clora meets the Cavaliers in 'The Gallery'. Parergon, 23 (2). pp. 97-118.

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Marvell's 'The Gallery' has been a comparatively neglected poem and has usually been read as a tribute to Clora within the framework of lyric based on Marino's 'La Galeria'. Using well-worn conceits and adopting the pose of an ultra fashionable art connoisseur, Marvell creates a gallery of mirrors that challenges Cavalier notions of compliment while criticizing the Stuart court's obsession with imagery and revealing the darker side of pastoral. Clora has many faces - not one - and the poem fails to reveal her immutable Platonic essence. Among Clora's innumerable portraits five are described: these have no relation to art works of the time but allow Marvell to explore the nature of poetic creativity in his typically oblique way.

Item ID: 3714
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1832-8334
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2009 22:23
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature @ 100%
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