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Jeffrey Hammond's examine of the funeral elegies of early New England reassesses a physique of poems whose significance of their personal time has been obscured through virtually overall overlook in ours. Hammond reconstructs the historic, theological and cultural contexts of those poems to illustrate how they spoke back to Puritan perspectives on a particular technique of mourning. The elegies emerge, he argues, as performative scripts that consoled readers by means of shaping their adventure. They shed new gentle at the emotional measurement of Puritanism and the $64000 function of formality in Puritan tradition.

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