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Critical Essay by Robert P. Merrix

SOURCE: "'CLo, in This Hollow Cradle Take Thy Rest': Sexual Conflict and Resolution in 'venus and Adonis,'" in Venus and Adonis: Critical Essays, edited by Philip C. Kolin, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1997, pp. 341-357.

In the following essay, Merrix explores the conflict between domestic sexuality and the desire for what is exotic and unknown in Venus and Adonis.

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Recent scholarly articles on Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis more and more focus on the complexity of the poem, a complexity that exposes earlier allegorical interpretations as naive or reductive. The simple allegorical interpretations have given way to more profound iconographic or mythographic analyses of the poem.1 When allegory yields to myth or symbolism, ambivalence inevitably results. The simple one-dimensional relationship between the human attribute and its allegorical vehicle is replaced with what one scholar calls...

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