By Maria A. Schenkeveld
Dutch literature of the seventeenth century, whereas now not as recognized as different components of the tradition of the Dutch Golden Age, merits self sustaining concentration, not just as a result of its personal intrinsic worthy, but additionally as a result of proof of robust social trouble that it provides and the sunshine it sheds on different elements of the Golden Age. regardless of this, outdoor the Netherlands the literature has now not been tested heavily, surely as a result of the language barrier, but in addition simply because there's no average creation to the cloth in English. This e-book fills that lacuna. Richly illustrated, it teams its topics thematically: politics, faith, nature, lifestyle. simply because Golden Age portray, specifically, is so recognized, the e-book devotes a different bankruptcy to the relationship among poetry and portray. A concluding bankruptcy exhibits the republic's functionality as a eu literary buying and selling heart with brisk import and export. integrated are also texts and translations of poems and broad bibliographies for extra study.
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Vondel offers a thorough treatise, beautifully built up on a rhetorical basis, on ethical questions regarding seafaring. That was an interesting, even topical subject in intellectual circles at the time, but evidently not relevant to the intended users of the Zeespiegel. Still, it lent a certain amount of prestige to the work and as such may have fulfilled its function. Another name that should be mentioned here is that of the printer and bookseller Dirck Pietersz. Pers who also wrote poetry himself.
K'en ben geen nachtegael, maer in veel grooter eere Een mensch, het even-beelt van aller Heeren Heere: Ick wil dan mijne stem doen hooren alle man En prijsen hem soo hooch en verre als ick kan Versekeret dat hy die eeuwichlijcken leeft Mijn tong' tot sijnen roem alleen geschapen heeft. (Revius 1930, 9) For that praise of God Revius uses the then modern forms of poetry, the ode, the sonnet, the epigram. This is a conscious effort, and as a poet he is proud of his achievement, drawing attention, for instance, although erroneously, to the fact that he is the first author to use the Pindaric ode in the Netherlands.
The Calvinist literary elite was able to appreciate how the new forms of sonnet, epigram and ode were also made suitable for subject matter of a religious nature. This type of poetry in its turn created new types of subject matter: it made room, for instance, for meditative verse that could be savored by the reader in the quiet of his own home. The modern religious poetry conquered much ground. Almost every volume of verse contains poems inspired by the Christian faith. Sometimes they were brought together in a special section.