A Companion to Eighteenth-century Poetry

Editor Christine Gerrard

Wiley | September 25, 2006 | Hardcover

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This broad-ranging Companion gives readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its rich variety.
  • An up-to-date and wide-ranging guide to eighteenth-century poetry.
  • Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades.
  • Opens with a section on contexts, discussing poetry’s relationships with patriotism, politics, science, and the visual arts, for example.
  • Discusses poetry by male and female poets from all walks of life.
  • Includes numerous close readings of individual poems, ranging from Pope’s The Rape of the Lock to Mary Collier’s The Woman’s Labour.
  • Includes more provocative contributions on subjects such as rural poetry and the self-taught tradition, British poetry ''beyond the borders'', the constructions of femininity, women as writers and women as readers.
  • Designed to be used alongside David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, Second Edition, 2003).
  • Format: Hardcover

    Dimensions: 624 pages, 10 × 7.15 × 1.65 in

    Published: September 25, 2006

    Publisher: Wiley

    Language: English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10: 1405113162

    ISBN - 13: 9781405113168

    Found in: Literary Theory and Criticism

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    A Companion to Eighteenth-century Poetry

    Editor Christine Gerrard

    Format: Hardcover

    Dimensions: 624 pages, 10 × 7.15 × 1.65 in

    Published: September 25, 2006

    Publisher: Wiley

    Language: English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10: 1405113162

    ISBN - 13: 9781405113168

    About the Book

    This wide-ranging Companion reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades. New essays by leading scholars in the field address an expanded poetic canon which now incorporates verse by many women poets and other formerly marginalised poetic voices. The volume engages with topical critical debates such as the production and consumption of literary texts, the constructions of femininity, sentiment and sensibility, enthusiasm, politics and aesthetics, and the growth of imperialism.

    Table of Contents

    Notes on Contributors ix Acknowledgments xv Introduction 1 Christine Gerrard PART I Contexts and Perspectives 5 1 Poetry, Politics, and the Rise of Party 7 Christine Gerrard 2 Poetry, Politics, and Empire 23 Suvir Kaul 3 Poetry and Science 38 Clark Lawlor 4 Poetry and Religion 53 Emma Mason 5 Poetic Enthusiasm 69 John D. Morillo 6 Poetry and the Visual Arts 83 Robert Jones 7 Poetry, Popular Culture, and the Literary Marketplace 97 George Justice 8 Women Poets and Their Writing in Eighteenth-Century Britain 111 Charlotte Grant 9 Poetry, Sentiment, and Sensibility 127 Jennifer Keith PART II Readings 143 10 John Gay, The Shepherd''s Week 145 Mina Gorji 11 Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock and "Eloisa to Abelard" 157 Valerie Rumbold 12 Jonathan Swift, the "Stella" Poems 170 Ros Ballaster 13 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Six Town Eclogues and Other Poems 184 Isobel Grundy 14 James Thomson, The Seasons 197 Christine Gerrard 15 Stephen Duck, The Thresher''s Labour, and Mary Collier, The Woman''s Labour 209 John Goodridge 16 Mary Leapor, "Crumble-Hall" 223 David Fairer 17 Mark Akenside, The Pleasures of Imagination 237 Adam Rounce 18 Samuel Johnson, London and The Vanity of Human Wishes 252 David F. Venturo 19 William Collins, "Ode on the Poetical Character" 265 John Sitter 20 Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard 277 Suvir Kaul 21 Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno 290 Chris Mounsey 22 Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village, and George Crabbe, The Village 303 Caryn Chade
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    This broad-ranging Companion gives readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its rich variety.
  • An up-to-date and wide-ranging guide to eighteenth-century poetry.
  • Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades.
  • Opens with a section on contexts, discussing poetry’s relationships with patriotism, politics, science, and the visual arts, for example.
  • Discusses poetry by male and female poets from all walks of life.
  • Includes numerous close readings of individual poems, ranging from Pope’s The Rape of the Lock to Mary Collier’s The Woman’s Labour.
  • Includes more provocative contributions on subjects such as rural poetry and the self-taught tradition, British poetry ''beyond the borders'', the constructions of femininity, women as writers and women as readers.
  • Designed to be used alongside David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, Second Edition, 2003).
  • From the Jacket

    This wide-ranging Companion reflects the dramatic transformation that has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades. New essays by leading scholars in the field address an expanded poetic canon that now incorporates verse by many women poets and other formerly marginalized poetic voices. The volume engages with topical critical debates such as the production and consumption of literary texts, the constructions of femininity, sentiment and sensibility, enthusiasm, politics and aesthetics, and the growth of imperialism.

    The Companion opens with a section on contexts, considering eighteenth-century poetry’s relationships with such topics as party politics, religion, science, the visual arts, and the literary marketplace. A series of close readings of specific poems follows, ranging from familiar texts such as Pope’s The Rape of the Lock to slightly less well-known works such as Swift’s “Stella” poems and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Town Eclogues. Essays on forms and genres, and a series of more provocative contributions on significant themes and debates, complete the volume.

    The Companion gives readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry, and is designed to be used alongside David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell, second edition, 2004).





    About the Author

    Christine Gerrard is Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. She is the author of The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725–1742 (1994) and Aaron Hill: The Muses'' Projector, 1685–1750 (2003). She is the co-editor, with David Fairer, of Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell, second edition, 2003).
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