The (lost) tune of ‘Raging Love’ and its reverberations in Isabella Whitney’s Copy of a Letter
Reid, Lindsay Ann
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Reid, Lindsay Ann. The (lost) tune of ‘Raging Love’ and its reverberations in Isabella Whitney’s Copy of a Letter. Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies. doi:10.1177/0184767820913284
This article argues that Isabella Whitney s verse epistles To Her Unconstant Lover and The Admonition in The Copy of a Letter (c. 1566 67) are enmeshed more thoroughly in the early modern English soundscape than previous criticism has tended to acknowledge. Seeking to enrich current understandings of Whitney s confluences, this article first examines the vibrant musical sphere in which The Copy of a Letter s printer-publisher Richard Jones was demonstrably immersed before moving on to explore the more specific implications of an acoustically evocative allusion to Raging Love (a now-lost Elizabethan ballad melody) in the opening lines of The Admonition .