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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

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John Sitter, J. Paul Hunter, Christine Gerrard, Barbara M. Benedict, Brean Hammond, Tim Fulford, Claudia Thomas Kairoff, David Fairer, Ralph Cohen, David B. Morris, Patricia Meyer Spacks, Jennifer Keith
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  • Date Published: March 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521658850

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  • This volume analyzes major premises, preoccupations, and practices of a wide range of English poets writing from 1700 to the 1790s, including Pope and Thomson, Anna Seward and Erasmus Darwin. Specially commissioned essays by leading scholars avoid familiar categories and single-author approaches to consider such large poetic themes as nature, the city, political passions, the relation of death to desire and dreams, the rise of a national tradition, appeals to an imagined future, and the meanings of "sensibility." The essays are supported by a chronology and guides to further reading.

    • Indispensable Companion to the study of eighteenth-century poetry, with comprehensive coverage of topic, chronology and guides to further reading
    • Range of essays on relevant topics by leading British and American specialists in the field
    • Thematic approach matches the way that eighteenth-century poetry is studied and researched in universities
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    "The essays in this volume provides useful and accessible background material for students of 18th-century poetry...Recommanded for all academic collections, undergraduate and graduate." CHOICE Jan 2002

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521658850
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    1. Introduction: the future of eighteenth-century poetry John Sitter
    2. Couplets and conversation J. Paul Hunter
    3. Political passions Christine Gerrard
    4. Publishing and reading poetry Barbara M. Benedict
    5. The city in eighteenth-century poetry Brean Hammond
    6. 'Nature' poetry Tim Fulford
    7. Questions in poetics: why and how poetry matters John Sitter
    8. Eighteenth-century women poets and readers Claudia Thomas Kairoff
    9. Creating a national poetry: the tradition of Spenser and Milton David Fairer
    10. The return to the ode Ralph Cohen
    11. A poetry of absence David B. Morris
    12. The poetry of sensibility Patricia Meyer Spacks
    13. 'Pre-Romanticism' and the ends of eighteenth-century poetry Jennifer Keith

  • Editor

    John Sitter, University of Notre Dame, Indiana


    John Sitter, J. Paul Hunter, Christine Gerrard, Barbara M. Benedict, Brean Hammond, Tim Fulford, Claudia Thomas Kairoff, David Fairer, Ralph Cohen, David B. Morris, Patricia Meyer Spacks, Jennifer Keith

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