'So to the Wood Went I': Politicizing the Greenwood in Two Songs by John Dowland

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Publication type Article
JournalJournal of the Royal Musical Association
Year2007
Volume132
Issue2
Pages221-251
ISSN (print)0269-0403
ISSN (electronic)1471-6933
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Figurations of woods as sites of solitude, political exile and authenticity are drawn upon in a number of John Dowland's songs. 'Can she excuse' quotes from the ballad tune Woods so wild, while 'O sweet woods' makes reference to Wanstead woods, associated with both Philip Sidney and Robert Devereux during their lifetimes. This article examines how courtly experiences of political withdrawal and exile are articulated through musical and literary references to woods in these songs.
PublisherRoutledge
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrma/fkm007
DOI10.1093/jrma/fkm007
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