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The Work of Conjoining
by Ted Tregear

A Gorgious Gallery, of Gallant Inventions, printed by Richard Jones in 1578, pitches itself to readers with a flurry of metaphorical and relentlessly alliterative enticements. This anthology is hailed by its title-page as ‘Garnished and decked with diuers dayntie deuises, right delicate and delightfull, to recreate eche modest minde withall’. On top of its poetic charms, readers are promised a paradigm of expert craftsmanship, in the poems themselves, and in their compilation: ‘First framed and fashioned in sundrie formes, by diuers worthy workemen of late dates: and now, ioyned together and builded vp: By T.P.’ Each of these claims is picked up by Anthony Munday in his commendatory poem a few pages later. Read more…

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Ted Tregear, "The Work of Conjoining," Spenser Review (Winter 2022). Accessed April 17th, 2024.
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