Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology / Edition 2

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Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology reveals the rich variety of poetry produced in the period 1700-1800. The work of traditionally prominent authors, such as Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Robert Burns and William Cowper, is presented alongside pieces by lesser-known writers, particularly women, including Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Mary Jones, Ann Yearsley, Sarah Egerton and Mary Collier. All the poems have full foot-of-page annotations and generous headnotes. For the second edition, the political and satirical content of the anthology has been strengthened, with the inclusion of poems such as Charles Churchill's Night, Samuel Johnson's London and Swift's A Satirical Elegy on a Late Famous General. The revised edition also features work by two new women poets, Martha Fowke and Sarah Dixon. The editors continue to draw out interesting links between the poems, and especially between male and female poets.
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“Fairer and Gerrard’s third edition of Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology is simply the one and only anthology to use when teaching 18th-Century British Poetry. The selections are judicious but wide-ranging, offering readers the traditional canonical figures as well as newly-recuperated poets, both male and female. The annotations are superbly informative and authoritative. Bravissimo!” —John Richetti, University of Pennsylvania
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405113199
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Blackwell Annotated Anthologies Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 288,088
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.72 (d)

Meet the Author

David Fairer is Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature at the University of Leeds, UK. His most recent book, Organising Poetry: The Coleridge Circle 1790-1798 (2009) traces the development of English poetry during the 1790s, building on the concerns of his previous comprehensive study, English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1789 (2003). He is also the author of The Poetry of Alexander Pope (1989) and Pope’s Imagination (1984), and editor of The Correspondence of Thomas Warton (1995) and Pope: New Contexts (1990).

Christine Gerrard is the Barbara Scott Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK. She has recently edited volume 1 of The Complete Correspondence of Samuel Richardson: Correspondence with Aaron Hill and the Hill Family (2013) which follows on from her literary biography Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750 (2003). She is the editor of A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry (Wiley Blackwell, 2006) and the author of The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725–1742 (1994).

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Table of Contents

Selected Contents by Theme
Alphabetical List of Authors
Chronology of Events and Poetic Landmarks
Preface to Second Edition
Editorial Procedures
The Choice 6
The Splendid Shilling 11
The Liberty 11
On my leaving London 13
To One who said I must not Love 14
The Emulation 15
The Adventurous Muse 17
A Winter-Piece 20
The Spleen 22
Upon the Hurricane 26
A Nocturnal Reverie 33
To the Nightingale 35
A Sigh 36
The Agreeable 36
Friday; or, The Dirge 39
Trivia, Book II 43
An Elegy, To an Old Beauty 59
A Night-Piece on Death 61
Oft have I read 63
For His own Epitaph 65
An Epitaph 66
The Lady's Looking-Glass 68
Non Pareil 69
On a Pretty Madwoman 70
True Statesmen 71
A Description of the Morning 74
A Description of a City Shower 74
Stella's Birthday, 1721 76
Stella's Birthday, 1727 78
A Satirical Elegy On the Death of a late Famous General 80
The Lady's Dressing Room 81
A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed 85
Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift 88
Windsor-Forest 102
The Rape of the Lock 113
Eloisa to Abelard 133
Epistle to Burlington 141
An Epistle to a Lady 147
An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot 155
The Dunciad, 1743, Book I 167
Saturday. The Small-Pox 179
Epistle from Arthur Gray the Footman 181
The Lover: A Ballad 184
An Epistle to Lord Bathurst 186
Verses Address'd to the Imitator of Horace 188
Verses on Self-Murder 191
A Hymn to the Moon 192
Bellaria, at her Spinnet 193
Whitehall Stairs 195
The Singing-Bird 196
Alone, in an Inn, at Southampton 197
The Bastard 200
Unconstant 203
The Innocent Inconstant 205
The Invitation from a Country Cottage 206
On Lady Chudleigh 207
Clio's Picture 208
Spring 212
Grongar Hill 239
The Fleece, Book III 243
The Thresher's Labour 261
The Woman's Labour 268
Strephon to the River 274
The Return'd Heart 274
The the Muse 275
From a Sheet of Gilt Paper. To Cloe 277
Lines occasion'd by the Burning of some Letters 278
London 280
The Vanity of Human Wishes 289
On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet 298
An Epistle to Lady Bowyer 300
Of Desire 303
After the Small Pox 307
Dorinda at her Glass 309
An Epistle to a Lady 312
The Enquiry 314
Man the Monarch 316
An Epistle to Artemisia 317
Crumble-Hall 322
Mira's Picture 326
The Pleasures of Imagination, 1744, Book I 330
Ode on the Spring 347
Sonnet on the Death of Richard West 349
Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College 350
Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat 352
Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard 354
The Progress of Poesy 358
The Bard 363
Ode on the Poetical Character 369
Ode to Evening 372
Ode to Liberty 374
The Passions. An Ode for Music 379
The Enthusiast: Or the Lover of Nature 383
Ode to Evening 390
The Dying Indian 391
The Pleasures of Melancholy 392
Ode written at Vale-Royal Abbey in Cheshire 399
Sonnet: To the River Lodon 402
Verses on Sir Joshua Reynold's Painted Window 403
The Cit's Country Box 407
Shakespeare: An Epistle to Mr Garrick 411
Night 416
'my Cat Jeoffry' 427
A Song to David 429
On a Bed of Guernsey Lilies 446
Fragments of Ancient Poetry: 7 and 8 448
Mynstrelles Songe 452
'Stay, curyous traveller' 454
An Excelente Balade of Charitie 455
The Deserted Village 459
The Village, Book I 470
To Stella; on a Visit to Mrs Montagu 479
On Mrs Montagu 481
Clifton Hill 483
To Mr ****, an Unlettered Poet 490
The Vision 493
To a Mouse 499
To a Louse 500
Holy Willie's Prayer 502
Tam o'Shanter 505
Corsica 511
A Summer Evening's Meditation 517
To Mr Barbauld 520
The Rights of Woman 521
To a little invisible Being 522
To Mr Coleridge 524
'Hatred and vengeance' 526
The Task, Book I 527
Yardley Oak 545
On the Ice-islands 550
The Cast-away 552
Bibliography 554
Index of Titles and First Lines 559
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