The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

by Emrys Jones
     
 

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In the sixty years since the publication of the original Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse, a revolution in literary taste has taken place. We now know that Elizabethan literature contained much more than dainty pastorals and lovely sonnets, and that in fact many poetic traditions flourished within the sixteenth century. Now, Emrys Jones has brought together a

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In the sixty years since the publication of the original Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse, a revolution in literary taste has taken place. We now know that Elizabethan literature contained much more than dainty pastorals and lovely sonnets, and that in fact many poetic traditions flourished within the sixteenth century. Now, Emrys Jones has brought together a definitive collection of verse which truly captures the diversity of this period. By no means have the classics of Elizabethan literature been replaced—there are ample selections from Spenser's Faerie Queene, from Shakespeare's sonnets and plays (including Ariel's song from The Tempest, and from John Donne (who actually produced many poems in the sixteenth century, although he has previously been thought of only as a poet of the next century). But alongside these well-known works, Jones has placed a vast array of other significant poems—from the early part of the century (when poets such as John Skelton still harkened back to Chaucer and feudal times) to the great Elizabethan period. The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse (with its engaging and informative introduction, and its copious footnotes which gloss unfamiliar words) conveys in unparalleled style all the richness of what is arguably the greatest century of English literature.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Astonishingly full collection. I appreciate the effort to include women....It's a great opportunity to have this kind of depth and breadth available."—David G. Brailow, Mckendree College

"An excellent collection that makes the texts accessible and includes much more than just the court poetry of the 1580s."—Carolyn Asp, Marquette University

"This is a marvelous approach to a delightfully disorderly body of verse."—Byron Nelson, West Virginia University

"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 poetry. Such a work is The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse."—Times Literary Supplement

"A distinguished, tough-minded, and endearing anthology."—Sixteenth Century Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192829719
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
Oxford Books of Verse Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
816
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 5.06(h) x 1.69(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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