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The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet

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A. D. Cousins, Peter Howarth, Paul Muldoon, Jeff Hilson, Meg Tyler, Heather Dubrow, Diana Henderson, Arthur F. Marotti, Marcelle Freiman, William J. Kennedy, Catherine Bates, Helen Wilcox, R. S. White, Michael O'Neill, Matthew Campbell, Stephen Burt, Marea Mitchell
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521514675

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  • Beginning with the early masters of the sonnet form, Dante and Petrarch, the Companion examines the reinvention of the sonnet across times and cultures, from Europe to America. In doing so, it considers sonnets as diverse as those by William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, George Herbert and e. e. cummings. The chapters explore how we think of the sonnet as a 'lyric' and what is involved in actually trying to write one. The book includes a lively discussion between three distinguished contemporary poets - Paul Muldoon, Jeff Hilson and Meg Tyler - on the experience of writing a sonnet, and a chapter which traces the sonnet's diffusion across manuscript, print, screen and the internet. A fresh and authoritative overview of this major poetic form, the Companion expertly guides the reader through the sonnet's history and development into the global multimedia phenomenon it is today.

    • Demonstrates how and why the sonnet became the most widely read, taught, practised and discussed of formal lyrics, and why it continues to fascinate contemporary poets
    • Includes a transcript of a lively discussion between three poets - Paul Muldoon, Jeff Hilson and Meg Tyler - on what is involved in actually writing a sonnet, which will be of interest to students of both English literature and creative writing
    • Examines how the sonnet appears in different media today, showing how it is a global phenomenon
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A comprehensive companion to the sonnet in English.' Will Christie, Australian Book Review

    '… The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet bears the hallmarks of its series … the volume offers a passable introduction to current thinking about its subject, and there are spots of original thinking.' Recent Studies in the English Renaissance

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521514675
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction A. D. Cousins and Peter Howarth
    1. Contemporary poets and the sonnet: a trialogue Paul Muldoon, Jeff Hilson and Meg Tyler
    2. The sonnet and the lyric mode Heather Dubrow
    3. The sonnet, subjectivity, and gender Diana Henderson
    4. The English sonnet in manuscript, print and mass media Arthur F. Marotti and Marcelle Freiman
    5. European beginnings and transmissions: Dante, Petrarch, and the sonnet sequence William J. Kennedy
    6. Desire, discontent, parody: the love sonnet in early modern England Catherine Bates
    7. Shakespeare's sonnets A. D. Cousins
    8. Sacred desire, forms of belief: the religious sonnet in early modern Britain Helen Wilcox
    9. Survival and change: the sonnet from Milton to the Romantics R. S. White
    10. The Romantic sonnet Michael O'Neill
    11. The Victorian sonnet Matthew Campbell
    12. The modern sonnet Peter Howarth
    13. The contemporary sonnet Stephen Burt
    Bibliography Marea Mitchell.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Topics: The Sonnet
    • Introduction to Poetry
    • Poetry Study
    • Poetry of Love and Seduction in the Renaissance
    • Reading Poetry
    • Shapes of Poetry: The Sonnet
    • Sonnet and Anti-Sonnet
  • Editors

    A. D. Cousins, Macquarie University, Sydney
    A. D. Cousins is Professor of English at Macquarie University.

    Peter Howarth, Queen Mary University of London
    Peter Howarth teaches in the English Department at Queen Mary, University of London.

    Contributors

    A. D. Cousins, Peter Howarth, Paul Muldoon, Jeff Hilson, Meg Tyler, Heather Dubrow, Diana Henderson, Arthur F. Marotti, Marcelle Freiman, William J. Kennedy, Catherine Bates, Helen Wilcox, R. S. White, Michael O'Neill, Matthew Campbell, Stephen Burt, Marea Mitchell

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