The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse

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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. Hailed as a veritable treasure house (London Review of Books) and magnificent, heartening (The Observer), this brilliant anthology includes both undisputed masterpieces and brilliant but hitherto neglected gems. It is the first to reveal the full range and diversity of the centurys poetic riches. Readers will find poems from a who's who ...

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Overview

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. Hailed as a veritable treasure house (London Review of Books) and magnificent, heartening (The Observer), this brilliant anthology includes both undisputed masterpieces and brilliant but hitherto neglected gems. It is the first to reveal the full range and diversity of the centurys poetic riches. Readers will find poems from a who's who of English verse, including work by Shakespeare, Sir Philip Sydney, Christopher Marlowe, John Lyly, Sir Walter Ralegh, Ben Jonson, Thomas Campion, John Skelton, Sir Thomas More, Edmund Spencer, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Lodge, Fulke Greville, and John Donne, to name a few. There are excerpts from Arthur Goldings famed translation of Ovids Metamorphoses and Spencers Faerie Queene. Now reissued with a clear, clean design, here is the most complete picture available of the poetic vitality of the sixteenth century.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199561339
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/7/2009
  • Series: Oxford Books of Prose & Verse Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 810
  • Sales rank: 503,358
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Emrys Jones is Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, and Fellow of New College.

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