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A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

by Neil Roberts
     
 

This broad-ranging Companion offers readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its rich variety.

  • Provides an up-to-date and wide-ranging guide to eighteenth-century poetry
  • Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry

Overview

This broad-ranging Companion offers readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its rich variety.

  • Provides an up-to-date and wide-ranging guide to eighteenth-century poetry
  • Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades
  • Opens with a section on contexts, discussing poetry’s relationships with patriotism, politics, science, and the visual arts, for example
  • Discusses poetry by male and female poets from all walks of life
  • Includes numerous close readings of individual poems, ranging from Pope’s The Rape of the Lock to Mary Collier’s The Woman’s Labour
  • Includes more provocative contributions on subjects such as rural poetry and the self-taught tradition, British poetry 'beyond the borders', the constructions of femininity, women as writers and women as readers.
  • Designed to be used alongside David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology, 3rd edition (Wiley Blackwell, 2014)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Roberts has brought together an extraordinary collection of 48 engagingly written and informative essays. This reviewer is aware of no other volume covering the full range of English-language poetry in the twentieth century. Recommended for all collections, this title will be a welcome reference and guide for undergraduate students and useful for specialists."
—Choice
Library Journal
Despite POETRY's current reputation as an elitist, almost marginal form of literature, it continues to be widely practiced and studied. A number of guides to English-language verse have been published recently, but this well-balanced collection of critical essays, each written by a major scholar, is unusually thorough. Characterized by powerful new ideologies, 20th-century POETRY was propelled by Imagism, the Beat aesthetic, Confessionalism, and other important literary movements that are clearly described. Editor Roberts (English, Sheffield Univ.) sets out to highlight the most influential works of "more than twenty countries," and he succeeds admirably. In addition to featuring such major figures as T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost, the book fills a gap in that it covers poets from many Commonwealth regions (Australia, India, the Caribbean, etc.) whose works are seldom discussed elsewhere. Substantial bibliographies round out the volume. Unfortunately, the book's hefty price tag will no doubt hurt its sales. But where budgets allow, this comprehensive volume is an excellent purchase for academic and public libraries. Ellen Sullivan, Ferguson Lib., Stamford, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631215295
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.96(h) x 2.08(d)

Meet the Author

Christine Gerrard is Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. She is the author of The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725–1742 (1994) and Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685–1750 (2003). She is the co-editor, with David Fairer, of Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell, second edition, 2003).

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