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Printing History and Editorial Design in the Elizabethan Version of Tottel’s Songes and Sonettes

ByPaul A. Marquis

This chapter focuses on most important aspects of Chaucer's work are strongly resisted in the Miscellany, ignored, dismissed or challenged. These elements include Chaucer's interest in variety of voice, his sympathetic engagement with women, particularly wronged women, and his interest in female speech and particularly female complaint. Richard Tottel's Miscellany is a profoundly Chaucerian collection. In its interest in courtly love poetry and in Petrarch, it follows a trajectory in English poetry set by Chauce. Chaucer is also interested in exploring the cruelty and intimidation which the rhetoric characteristic of a male lover is fully able to contain. Chaucer's falcon dwells on the deceit of the tercelet, expressed through a series of metaphors of concealment: although the tercelet was "full of treson and falseness", It was so wrapped under humble cheere, And under hewe of trouthe in swich manere, Under pleasance, and under bisy peyne, That no wight koude han wend he koude feyne, So depe in greyn he dyed his coloures.