The Poetry of Mildmay Fane, Second Earl of Westmorland: Poems from the Fulbeck, Harvard and Westmorland Manuscripts

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This edition of some five hundred recently-discovered poems by Mildmay Fane, second Earl of Westmorland presents the largest collection of 'new' seventeenth-century poetry since Traherne's poems were published almost a century ago.

Until the rediscovery of these manuscripts, written between 1625 and 1665, Fane was known only as a patron of Robert Herrick, and as the author of a slim volume of poems, Otia Sacra (1648). This important body of ...

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Overview

This edition of some five hundred recently-discovered poems by Mildmay Fane, second Earl of Westmorland presents the largest collection of 'new' seventeenth-century poetry since Traherne's poems were published almost a century ago.

Until the rediscovery of these manuscripts, written between 1625 and 1665, Fane was known only as a patron of Robert Herrick, and as the author of a slim volume of poems, Otia Sacra (1648). This important body of manuscript poetry establishes him as a significant early modern poet.

Fane’s agonized and changing representation of an England turbaned upside-down and back again, and of its everyday social as well as political life, is meticulously annotated in this first edition. It uses Fane's surviving account books and letters, as well as a wealth of other contemporary information, to contextualise his poems in a way rarely possible with other early modern writers. The resulting text provides fascinating and revealing insights for cultural and political historians, as well as for all readers of English poetry.

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“The volume opens up a fascinating and extensive body of mid-seventeenth century poetry for the first time” —Joad Raymond, Literature and History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719080654
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Cain is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of East Anglia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Introduction
• Vita Authoris
• The Poems
• Fulbeck MS 1: Poems 1623—1635
• Public Record Office, S.P. 16: 437.60
• Fulbeck MS 2: Poems 1623—50
• MS Westmorland (A) 6.vi.1: Poems 1643—1651
• Houghton Library, Harvard: fMS Eng. 645: Poems 1637—1661
• Fulbeck MS 3: Poems 1649—1665
• MS Westmorland (A) 6.vi.3—26
• Appendix 1: A doubtful poem and summary list of English poems by other authors.
• Appendix 2: Calendar of Latin, French and Italian poems and prose
• Notes to Poems
• Textual Commentary
• Index of Titles and First Lines

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