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Selected bibliographical resources
• Peter Dronke
“The Phoenix and the Turtle” (3.3MB)
An excellent article about the poem. Highly recommended.
• H.E. Rollins Variorum (3MB)
A standard and useful introduction to the imagery of the poem.
• Old English Phoenix Poem (2.3MB)
A medieval poem containing a detailed account of the nature of the Phoenix.
• K.N. Harris, Lactantius Thesis (6.8MB)
An MA thesis on Lactantius’ classical De Ave Phoenice, with much information about the myth in general.
• Chester: Love’s Martyr (17.4MB)
A 19th century edition of the original volume containing Shakespeare’s poem.
• An article by Heinrich Straumann.
This article explores the relation between the poem and Shakespeare’s plays.