The Rose in Contemporary Italian Poetry
- List Price: $59.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
- Publish date: 05/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780813017518
- ISBN10: 0813017513
Beginning with an exploration of the origins and development of Italian poetry, Peterson surveys French usage of the topos from Symbolism forward as a prolegomenon to his survey of Italian usage. By studying the gamut of Italian uses of the image, from Anacreontic and mannerist, to pathetic and ludic, to votive, prophetic, contemplative, and sublimative, Peterson demonstrates the importance of the topos for Italian lyric and its status as a central vehicle reflecting the changing tradition, tendencies, and styles of the Italian lyric in the 20th century.