A Companion to Eighteenth-century Poetry

Hardcover | September 25, 2006

EditorChristine Gerrard

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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).
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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 p...

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    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 a...

    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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    Format:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 10 × 7.15 × 1.65 inPublished:September 25, 2006Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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    ISBN - 10:1405113162

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    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 Chaden

    23 William Cowper, The Task 316
    Freya Johnston

    24 Robert Burns, "Tam o' Shanter" 329
    Murray Pittock

    PART III Forms and Genres 339

    25 Rhyming Couplets and Blank Verse 341
    Richard Bradford

    26 Epic and Mock-Heroic 356
    Richard Terry

    27 Verse Satire 369
    Brean Hammond

    28 The Ode 386
    Margaret M. Koehler

    29 The Georgic 403
    Juan Christian Pellicer

    30 The Verse Epistle 417
    Bill Overton

    PART IV Themes and Debates 429

    31 The Constructions of Femininity 431
    Kathryn R. King

    32 Whig and Tory Poetics 444
    Abigail Williams

    33 The Classical Inheritance 458
    David Hopkins

    34 Augustanism and Pre-Romanticism 473
    Thomas Woodman

    35 Recovering the Past: Shakespeare, Spenser, and British Poetic Tradition 486
    Carolyn D. Williams

    36 The Pleasures and Perils of the Imagination 500
    Paul Baines

    37 The Sublime 515
    Shaun Irlam

    38 Poetry and the City 534
    Markman Ellis

    39 Cartography and the Poetry of Place 549
    Rachel Crawford

    40 Rural Poetry and the Self-Taught Tradition 563
    Bridget Keegan

    41 Poetry Beyond the English Borders 577
    Gerard Carruthers

    Index 590