This book examines depictions of the cosmos in natural-philosophical poetry and love lyric in the Renaissance. It argues that some poetic presentations of the cosmos offer particular insight into possible conceptions of it, precisely because of the generically specific ways in which it is explored.
Introduction: The Cosmos, Images, and Poetry Part I: The Cosmos in Du Bartas’s Sepmaine: Images of God and of War 1. Poetry and Theology: Images of the Divine 2. Poetry and Natural Philosophy: Images of the Cosmic Part II: Images, Divinity, and Difference in Maurice Scève’S Délie 3. Illumination and Darkness: The Lunar, Solar, and Divine Lady 4. Redemption and Rejection: Love Lyric and the Unloving Divine 5. Conclusion