The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse

The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse

by Emrys Jones
     
 

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The sixteenth century has long been acknowledged the 'Golden Age' of English verse--with such names as Shakespeare, Donne, and Spenser to its credit it could hardly be otherwise. Yet this anthology, which includes both undisputed masterpieces and achievements in hitherto neglected fields, is the first to reveal the full range and diversity of the century's poetic

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The sixteenth century has long been acknowledged the 'Golden Age' of English verse--with such names as Shakespeare, Donne, and Spenser to its credit it could hardly be otherwise. Yet this anthology, which includes both undisputed masterpieces and achievements in hitherto neglected fields, is the first to reveal the full range and diversity of the century's poetic riches. What emerges is the most complete picture available of the poetic vitality of the sixteenth century.

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Reviews from previous edition: "This magnificent, heartening book... In handing the whole poetry of the past back to the range of people who wrote it, Jones has passed it forward to us."—Andrew Motion, Observer

"For general and specialist readers— and also for poets—there are things in these 700 and more pages of verse that will quicken the pulses, as they bring home a sense of the immense resources and variety of our poetic inheritance."—Charles Tomlinson, Independent

"Every now and again, an anthology is published which is also a real book. That is, the editor's selection shows us new ways of reading a poetry. Such a work is The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse, edited by Emrys Jones: it is like a first-class history, only better because it consists of all the data, and we draw the conclusions for ourselves. This is a volume, then, that being both inclusive and interpretive may be read for pleasure or required as a textbook. And such are its virtues that it might well be used as a handbook in styles by the beginning poet."—Times Literary Supplement


"Quite splendid, a veritable treasure house... this New Oxford Book of 16th-Century Verse is to be resoundingly recommended."—London Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192801951
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
Oxford Books of Verse Series
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
816
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.70(d)

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Meet the Author

About the Editor:
Emrys Jones is Goldsmith's Professor of English Literature, Fellow of New College, Oxford.

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