Walter Ralegh: Ocean to Cynthia (2384 words)

Victoria Bancroft (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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The Ocean to Cynthia is a love poem to Elizabeth I, written by the explorer and courtier Sir Walter Ralegh. It is a work surrounded by uncertainty; discovered in manuscript form at Hatfield House by C.J. Stewart in the mid nineteenth-century, it was never formally published by Ralegh, and only a fragment of the manuscript exists; the twenty-first book, and a fragment of the twenty-second. It is not clear whether the previous twenty books were ever written, or whether they merely existed in outline form as part of a hugely ambitious project on Ralegh’s part. Indeed some scholars suggest that the numbering of books is incorrect; Agnes Latham, followed by Walter Oakeshott, argues that they are in fact the eleventh and twelfth …

Citation: Bancroft, Victoria. "Ocean to Cynthia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 January 2013 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34671, accessed 09 December 2022.]

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