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 (prō′thə-lā′mē-ən, -ŏn′)
n. pl. pro·tha·la·mi·a (-mē-ə)
A song in celebration of a wedding; an epithalamium.

[pro- + Greek epithalamion, epithalamium; see epithalamium.]


(ˌprəʊθəˈleɪmɪən) or


n, pl -mia (-mɪə)
1. (Poetry) a song or poem in celebration of a marriage
2. (Music, other) a song or poem in celebration of a marriage
[C16: from Greek pro- before + thalamos marriage; coined by Edmund Spenser, on the model of epithalamion]


(ˌproʊ θəˈleɪ miˌɒn, -ən)

also pro•tha•la•mi•um (-mi əm)

n., pl. -mi•a (-mi ə)
a song or poem written to celebrate a marriage.
[1597; pro-2 + (epi) thalamion; coined by Edmund Spenser]

prothalamion, prothalamium

a nuptial or wedding song or verse.
See also: Marriage
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prothalamion - a song in celebration of a marriage
epithalamium - an ode honoring a bride and bridegroom
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
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Like Eliot, Hemingway contrasts harsh realities by evoking the ideal celebrated in Edmund Spenser's Thames setting for his Prothalamion.
The last two romantic poems to consider are "Prothalamion" and "Yet One More Spring:' A prothalamion is a pre-nuptial song, and in Davidman's poem the focus is upon the male figure:
predicament and solution derive from the Prothalamion has been suggested
40)--for in the Epithalamion Spenser celebrates his own bride's eyes as outshining the stars, while the Prothalamion also features a flower catalogue.
The stanza has more in common with the yet more articulated stanzas of the Epithalamion and the Prothalamion, for the motion within each stanza has constraints of repetition that are absent in the epic.
One is entitled Prothalamion and the other Epithalamion, the Greek for ``before the wedding chamber'' and ``at the wedding chamber''.
10) Paul Alpers finds that Spenser himself, having reached an apogee of the heroic form in The Faerie Queene, withdrew from the pastoral tradition 'between the publication of Books I-III, in 1590, and Books IV-VI, in 1596', to write 'Amoretti, Fowre Hymnes, Epithalamion, and Prothalamion [.
3) These interpretation rest on the secure belief that Eliot intended to allude to Prothalamion -- a knowledge of his intentions comes from the notes, published in the Boni and Liverlight edition in December 1922.