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The Cambridge History of English Poetry

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Michael O'Neill, Bernard O'Donoghue, Corinne Saunders, A. V. C. Schmidt, Wendy Scase, Laura Varnam, Felicity Riddy, Elizabeth Heale, Andrew Hadfield, Katharine A. Craik, Paul Edmondson, Jonathan Post, Alison Shell, Barbara K. Lewalski, Hester Jones, Steven N. Zwicker, Claude Rawson, Christine Gerrard, Richard Terry, David Fairer, Seamus Perry, John Beer, Timothy Webb, Alison Hickey, Jane Stabler, Bernard Beatty, Michael Bradshaw, Heidi Thomson, Richard Cronin, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Herbert Tucker, David G. Riede, Catherine Phillips, Nicholas Shrimpton, Francis O'Gorman, Jason Harding, Ralph Pite, Peter Vassallo, Vincent Sherry, Gareth Reeves, Mark Rawlinson, John Goodby, Stephen Regan, Alice Entwistle, Edward Larrissy, Andrew Michael Roberts, Stephen Regan, Peter Barry, Jamie McKendrick
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521883061

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  • Poetry written in English is uniquely powerful and suggestive in its capacity to surprise, unsettle, shock, console, and move. The Cambridge History of English Poetry offers sparklingly fresh and dynamic readings of an extraordinary range of poets and poems from Beowulf to Alice Oswald. An international team of experts explores how poets in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland use language and to what effect, examining questions of form, tone, and voice; they comment, too, on how formal choices are inflected by the poet's time and place. The Cambridge History of English Poetry is the most comprehensive and authoritative history of the field from early medieval times to the present. It traces patterns of continuity, transformation, transition, and development. Covering a remarkable array of poets and poems, and featuring an extensive bibliography, the scope and depth of this major work of reference make it required reading for anyone interested in poetry.

    • A unique volume in the market, due to its unparalleled depth, range, critical freshness and accessibility
    • Offers chronological coverage of the finest English poets from Anglo-Saxon times to the present
    • Includes close analysis of individual poets and poems by a team of specialists in the field
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    "Michael O'Neill's The Cambridge History of English Poetry contains nine chapters relevant to the Romantic period. Each of them is written with intelligence and insight. The collection, by leading scholars, gives an important overview of the state of the field."
    The Year's Work in English Studies

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521883061
    • length: 1115 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 54 mm
    • weight: 1.88kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Michael O'Neill
    1. Old English poetry Bernard O'Donoghue
    2. The Gawain-poet and medieval romance Corinne Saunders
    3. Late fourteenth-century poetry (Chaucer, Langland, Gower, and their legacy) Wendy Scase
    4. Langland: Piers Plowman A. V. C. Schmidt
    5. Chaucer - Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales Laura Varnam
    6. Late-medieval literature in Scotland: Henryson, Dunbar and Douglas Felicity Riddy
    7. Sixteenth-century poetry: Skelton, Wyatt and Surrey Elizabeth Heale
    8. Spenser Andrew Hadfield
    9. Sidney, Shakespeare and the Elizabethan sonnet and lyric Katharine A. Craik
    10. The narrative poetry of Marlowe and Shakespeare Paul Edmondson
    11. Seventeenth-century poetry 1: poetry in the age of Donne and Jonson Jonathan Post
    12. Seventeenth-century poetry 2: Herbert, Vaughan, Philips, Cowley, Crashaw, Marvell Alison Shell
    13. Milton's shorter poems Barbara K. Lewalski
    14. Milton: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes Barbara K. Lewalski
    15. Aphra Behn, John Dryden and their contemporaries Hester Jones
    16. Dryden: major poems Steven N. Zwicker
    17. Swift Claude Rawson
    18. Poetry of the first half of the eighteenth century: Pope, Johnson and the couplet Claude Rawson
    19. Eighteenth-century women poets Christine Gerrard
    20. Longer eighteenth-century poems (Akenside, Goldsmith, Thomson, Young, Cowper, and others) Richard Terry
    21. Lyric poetry:
    1740–90 David Fairer
    22. Romantic poetry: an overview Seamus Perry
    23. William Blake's poetry and prophecies John Beer
    24. Wordsworth and Coleridge - Lyrical Ballads and other poems Timothy Webb
    25. Wordsworth's The Prelude and The Excursion Alison Hickey
    26. Second-generation Romantic poetry 1 (Hunt, Byron, Moore) Jane Stabler
    27. Byron's Don Juan Bernard Beatty
    28. Second-generation Romantic poetry 2 (Shelley and Keats) Michael O'Neill
    29. Third-generation Romantic poetry: Beddoes, Darley, Clare, Hemans, Landon Michael Bradshaw
    30. Women poets of the Romantic period (Barbauld to Landon) Heidi Thomson
    31. Victorian poetry: an overview Richard Cronin
    32. Tennyson Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
    33. Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Herbert Tucker
    34. Emily Brontë, Arnold, and Clough Michael O'Neill
    35. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Swinburne David G. Riede
    36. Christina Rossetti and Hopkins Catherine Phillips
    37. Later Victorian voices 1 (James Thomson, Symons, Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Housman) Nicholas Shrimpton
    38. Later Victorian voices 2: John Davidson, Rudyard Kipling, 'Michael Field' (Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper), Eugene Lee-Hamilton, May Kendall, Augusta Webster Francis O'Gorman
    39. Modernist and modern poetry: an overview Jason Harding
    40. Hardy and Mew Ralph Pite
    41. Yeats Peter Vassallo
    42. Imagism Vincent Sherry
    43. T. S. Eliot Gareth Reeves
    44. Owen, Rosenberg, Sassoon, and Edward Thomas Mark Rawlinson
    45. Auden, Day Lewis, MacNeice, Spender: the thirties poetry Michael O'Neill
    46. Dylan Thomas and poetry of the 1940s John Goodby
    47. Larkin and the Movement Stephen Regan
    48. Three twentieth-century women poets: Laura Riding, Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath Alice Entwistle
    49. Hughes and Heaney Edward Larrissy
    50. Hill Andrew Michael Roberts
    51. Mahon, Muldoon, McGuckian, Carson, Boland and other Irish poets Stephen Regan
    52. Contemporary poetries in English: c.1980 to the present 1 - the radical tradition Peter Barry
    53. Contemporary poetries in English, c.1980 to the present 2 Jamie McKendrick
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Michael O'Neill, University of Durham
    Michael O'Neill is Professor of English at Durham University.

    Contributors

    Michael O'Neill, Bernard O'Donoghue, Corinne Saunders, A. V. C. Schmidt, Wendy Scase, Laura Varnam, Felicity Riddy, Elizabeth Heale, Andrew Hadfield, Katharine A. Craik, Paul Edmondson, Jonathan Post, Alison Shell, Barbara K. Lewalski, Hester Jones, Steven N. Zwicker, Claude Rawson, Christine Gerrard, Richard Terry, David Fairer, Seamus Perry, John Beer, Timothy Webb, Alison Hickey, Jane Stabler, Bernard Beatty, Michael Bradshaw, Heidi Thomson, Richard Cronin, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Herbert Tucker, David G. Riede, Catherine Phillips, Nicholas Shrimpton, Francis O'Gorman, Jason Harding, Ralph Pite, Peter Vassallo, Vincent Sherry, Gareth Reeves, Mark Rawlinson, John Goodby, Stephen Regan, Alice Entwistle, Edward Larrissy, Andrew Michael Roberts, Stephen Regan, Peter Barry, Jamie McKendrick

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