Reading Eighteenth-Century Poetry

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Written by world-renowned critic, Patricia Meyer Spacks, Reading Eighteenth - Century Poetry recaptures for modern readers the urgency, distinctiveness and rewarding nature of the poetry written in this period. Broadly chronological in structure, and incorporating close reading alongside astute contextual and historical detail, it exposes the multiplicity of forms, tones, and topics engaged by eighteenth-century poets. The book includes close analysis of poems by such well-known writers such as Alexander Pope and...
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Overview

Written by world-renowned critic, Patricia Meyer Spacks, Reading Eighteenth - Century Poetry recaptures for modern readers the urgency, distinctiveness and rewarding nature of the poetry written in this period. Broadly chronological in structure, and incorporating close reading alongside astute contextual and historical detail, it exposes the multiplicity of forms, tones, and topics engaged by eighteenth-century poets. The book includes close analysis of poems by such well-known writers such as Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, as well as work by less familiar poets, including Stephen Duck and Mary Leapor. For those returning to eighteenth-century poetry, or delving into it for the first time, this is an essential guide to reading these challenging and powerful works of literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405153614
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/4/2009
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Reading Poetry Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICIA MEYER SPACKS is Edgar F. Shannon Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous books, and amongst other honors, was Vice President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from 2001-2006.

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Table of Contents

1 How to Live: The Moral and the Social 1

2 Matters of Feeling: Poetry of Emotion 20

3 The Power of Detail: Description in Verse 40

4 High Language and Low: The Diction of Poetry 58

5 Alexander Pope and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 76

6 How to Live: The Place of Work 95

7 Matters of Feeling: Forms of the Personal 151

8 Structures of Energy, Structures of Leisure: Ode and Blank Verse 134

9 Old Poetry, Old Language: Imitation and Fraud 151

10 Outliers: Mary Leapor and Christopher Smart 166

11 How to Live: Poetry and Politics 185

12 Matters of Feeling: Emotion Celebrated 204

13 Narrative and Reflection 221

14 Poetic Languages: Diction Old and New 236

15 Mary Robinson and William Cowper 251

Bibliography 267

Index 279

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