Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit: John Lyly: publication of two prose romances, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit () and Euphues and His England (). Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit, and Euphues and His England, by John Lyly, were published respectively in and , when the author was a young. “Euphues: The Anatomy of Wyt”, a didactic romance written by John Lyly, was entered in the Stationers’ Register 2 December and published that same.

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No no Eubulusbut I will yeelde to more, then eyther I am bounde to graunte, eyther thou able to proue: Mar 27, Julian Munds rated it it was ok Shelves: Philip Sidney and Gabriel Ekphues castigated his style. Epuhues Nature be of strength or force, what auaileth discipline or nurture? Doe you measure the hotte assaultes of youth, by the colde skirmishes of age? So likewise in the disposition of y e minde, eitheir vertue is ouershaddowed with some vice or vice ouercast with some vertue.

The beauty whereof is parched with the summer’s blaze and chipped with the winter’s blast: Dyd they not remember that whiche no man ought to forgette, that the tender youth of a childe is lyke the temperinge of newe waxe apte to receiue any forme? Here, for example, is Euphues’s euphuistic lamentation after Lucilla had dumped him: Trivia About Euphues, the Anat Of primary importance for students of Renaissance prose, this edition complements the on-going publication of Lyly’s dramatic works in The Revels Plays.

Gentlemen vse bookes, as gentlewomen handle theyr flowres, who in the morning sticke them in their heads, and at night strawe them at their heeles.

Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit

The euphuistic sentence followed principles of balance and antithesis to their extremes, purposely using the latter regardless of sense. The introduction explores the relationship between the dramatic and non-dramatic work, locating Lyly’s highly influential plays in a wider context and Euphues’ Latin poem in praise of Elizabeth I, translated for the first time, is discussed in an Appendix.

There is style being born here. Michelle Daniel rated it it was ok Aug 08, Tulli eloquent in his gloses, yet vayneglorious: The name Euphues is derived from Greek meaning “graceful, witty”.


Cat Priamos rated it liked it Mar 08, Cecilia Villin rated it liked it Sep 07, That the Iuie spreadeth vppon the hard stones? John Lyly set up three basic structural euphued.

Peter Shortland rated it liked it Mar 23, Attuned to the needs of both students and specialists, the text is edited from the earliest complete witnesses, is richly annotated, and facilitates an understanding of Lyly’s narrative technique by distinguishing typographically between narrative levels.

Is it possible to gather grapes of thornes, or figges of thistelles? The latter accepts his love “It is Euphues that lately arrived here at Naples that hath battered the bulwark of my breast and shall shortly enter as conqueror into my bosom,” she tells her father.

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Neither were you such a Saint in your youth, that abandoning all pleasures, all pastimes, and delyghts, you would chuse rather to sacrifice the first fruites of your lyfe to vayne holynesse, then to youthly affections. The influence of this work is more valuable then the actual reading of it. Euphues has opinions on everything and at first comes across as arrogant, but things change as he grows older.

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Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit

Doth not Aristotle alleadge and confirme, that Nature frameth or maketh nothing in any poynte rude, vayne, and vnperfect?

Euphuism was not particular to Britain, or a manifestation of some social structure and artistic opportunity unique to that country. Most critics distinguish between an anthology of stories with different protagonists, even if joined by common themes and milieus, and the novel which forms a connected narrativeand so also exclude Le Morte d’Arthur. Who more enuious then Tymondenouncing all humaine societie?

Tully eloquent in his glozes, yet vainglorious: I meane not to cauill wyth you as one louinge sophistrye, neyther to controwle you as one hauing superioritie, the one woulde bring my talke into the suspition of fraude, the other conuince me of folly.


That the stone Abeston being once made hotte will neuer be made colde? But Nature impatient of comparisons, and as it were disdaining a companion or copartner in her working, added to this comeliness of his body such a sharp capacity of mind, that not only she proved Fortune counterfeit, but was half of that opinion that she herself was only current. I submit my selfe to the iudgement of the wise, and I little esteme the censure of fooles.

In whose bosom thou mayest sleep secure without fear, whom thou mayest make partner of all thy secrets without suspicion of fraud, and partaker of all thy misfortune without mistrust of fleeting. If Nature worke the effecte, what booteth any education? Lyly’s linguistic style, originating in his first books, is known as Euphuism. The plot is fairly thin, and I’m not going to repeat it, but the arguements are wordy.

It consists of a preciously ornate and sophisticated style, employing a deliberate excess of literary devices such as antithesesalliterationsrepetitions and rhetorical questions. The Anatomy of Wyt”, a didactic romance written by John Lyly, was entered in the Stationers’ Register 2 December and published that same year.

That Nature will haue course after kinde? Euphues’ Latin poem in praise of Elizabeth I is translated for the first time, and is discussed in an appendix. Classical learning and remote knowledge of all kinds are displayed. I am of this mind, that both might and malice, deceit and treachery, all perjury, any impiety may lawfully be committed in love, which is lawless.

Took time to get to grips with the spelling and the use of letters, but I’m glad I took the time. The Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and his England Sandi rated it it was ok Nov 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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