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Check out the interactive version here at Thinglink

Using the illustration from Charles Berger’s The Extravagant Shepherd, a literal rendering of the blazon, I work through some of the features in the image, relating the mistress’ features to contemporary English sonnets and Petrarchan moments of cataloging the beloved’s beauties. I wanted to try Thinglink out to creative an interactive and highly visual introduction to the blazon to help my students understand the formal features, the conventions, the dismemberment/cataloging, and the general weirdness of the trope.

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