English poetry in the first half of the seventeenth century, an outstandingly rich and varied body of verse, can be understood and appreciated more fully when set in its cultural and ideological context. This introductory Companion, consisting of fourteen new introductory essays by scholars of international standing, provides individual studies of Donne, Jonson, Herrick, Herbert, Carew, Suckling, Lovelace, Milton, Crashaw, Vaughan and Marvell, together with general essays on the political, social and religious context, and the relationship of poetry to the mutations and developments of genre and tradition.
Table of Contents
Chronology; Part I. The Context: 1. Politics and religion David Loewenstein; 2. The politics of gender Elaine Hobby; 3. Manuscript, print, and the social history of the lyric Arthur F. Marroti; 4. Genre and tradition Alastair Fowler; 5. Rhetoric Brian Vickers; Part II. Some Poets: 6. John Donne Achsah Guibbory; 7. Ben Jonson Richard Helgerson; 8. Robert Herrick Leah S. Marcus; 9. George Herbert Helen Wilcox; 10. Thomas Carew, Sir John Suckling and Richard Lovelace Thomas N. Corns; 11. John Milton: the early works Michael Wilding; 12. Richard Crashaw Anthony Low; 13. Henry Vaughan Jonathan Post; 14. Andrew Marvell Donald M. Friedman.