Complete Poems of William Barnes: Volume I: Poems in the Broad Form of the Dorset Dialect

Hardcover | January 26, 2014

EditorT. L. Burton, K. K. Ruthven

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This is the first volume of Oxford's three-volume edition of The Complete Poems of William Barnes. William Barnes (1801-1886) was an outstanding but undervalued dialect poet, and this will be first critical edition of his complete poems. Volume I provides the first critical edition of hisPoems of Rural Life, in the Dorset Dialect (1844), which broke new ground by memorializing in print the speech of a rapidly disappearing rural culture. Unfortunately, that 1844 volume has never been reprinted. This is partly because Barnes was persuaded to make its constituent poems more accessibleto metropolitan readers of subsequent editions by spelling Dorset words in ways that approximated more closely to standard English, and partly because most editors and anthologists have reprinted only those revised versions of 1844 poems which Barnes published in his 1879 (and final) collection ofhis dialect poems.By restoring the integrity of Barnes's first volume, and investigating both its literary lineages and dialectological preoccupations, this annotated edition will enable readers to experience the initial products of those extraordinary years when Barnes was unwaveringly confident in the expressiveadequacy of the Dorset dialect as a medium for poetry. Much of the literary, historical, and topographical information here brought to bear on the 1844 volume is drawn from rarely cited regional publications as well as from Barnes's uncollected contributions to newspapers and journals. The Editors' Introduction, which describes the origins, nature, andreception of Barnes's inaugural volume, offers historical accounts of both the kinds of poetry it represents and the dialectological interests that underpin it.This edition of Barnes's earliest poems in the Dorset dialect will prompt a reconsideration of their present status in the Victorian literary canon.

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This is the first volume of Oxford's three-volume edition of The Complete Poems of William Barnes. William Barnes (1801-1886) was an outstanding but undervalued dialect poet, and this will be first critical edition of his complete poems. Volume I provides the first critical edition of hisPoems of Rural Life, in the Dorset Dialect (1844...

Tom Burton is a Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, where he has taught for many years. He was born in Barbados; grew up on a farm in Shropshire; studied English at the University of Bristol; and taught for three years in secondary schools in East Africa and England before going to Australia in the mid 1970s. He has ed...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:January 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviationsReferencesList of illustrations and mapsIntroductionBeginningsDialect and DialectologiesDialect PoetryThe 1844 VolumeA Dissertation on the Dorset Dialect of the English Language (1844)Poems in the 1844 CollectionSpringThe SpringThe WoodlandsLiady-Day an Ridden HouseEaster TimeDock LeavesThe BlackbirdWoodcom FeastThe Milk-Maid o' the FarmThe Girt Woak Tree That's in the DellVellen the TreeBringen Oon Gwain o' ZundaysEvemen TwilightEvemen in the VillageMayBob the FiddlerHope in SpringThe White Road up Athirt the HillThe Woody HollerJenny's RibbonsEclogue: The 'LotmentsEclogue: A Bit o' Sly CoortenSummerEvemen, an' Maidens Out at DoorThe Shepherd o' the FarmVields in the LightWhitsuntide an' Club Wa'kenWoodleyThe Brook that Runn'd by Gramfer'sSleep did Come wi' the DewSweet Music in the WindUncle an' AntHaven Oon's Fortun A-TuoldJean's Wedden Dae in MarnenRivers Don't Gi'e OutMiaken up a MiffHay-MiakenHay-CarrenEclogue: The Best Man in the VieldWher We Did Kip Our FlagonWik's End in Zummer, in the Wold Vo'ke's TimeThe Mead A-Mow'dThe Sky A-ClearenThe Evemen Star o' ZummerThe CloteI Got Two Viel'sPolly Be-en Upzides wi' TomBe'mi'sterThatchen o' the RickBees A-ZwarmenReaden ov a HeadstuoneZummer Evemen DanceEclogue: ViairiesFallCarn A-Turnen YollerA-Halen CarnHarvest Huome: The Vust Piart: The SupperHarvest Huome: Second Piart: What Tha Done ?ter SupperA Zong ov Harvest HuomePoll's Jack DaThe IvyThe Welshnut TreeJenny Out vrom HuomeGrenley WaterThe Viary Veet That I Da MeetMarnenOut A-NuttenTiaken in ApplesMiaple Leaves Be YollerThe Weather-Beaten TreeShodon Fiair: The Vust PiartShodon Fiair: The Rest o'tMartin's TideGuy Faux's NightNight A-Zetten InEclogue : The Common A-Took InEclogue : Two Farms in OoneWinterThe VrostA Bit o' FunFanny's BethdaeWhat Dick an' I DoneGrammer's ShoesZunsheen in the WinterThe Weepen LiadyThe Happy Daes When I Wer YoungIn the Stillness o' the NightThe Settle an' the Girt Wood VireThe CarterChristmas InvitationKeepen Up o' Chris'masZitten Out the Wold YearWoak Wer Good Enough OonceMiary-Ann's ChileEclogue: Faether Come HuomeEclogue: A GhostMiscellaneous PiecesA ZongThe Maid var My BrideThe HuomesteadThe Farmer's Woldest DaeterUncle Out o' Debt an' Out o' DanngerThe Church an' Happy ZundayThe Wold WaggonThe Common A-Took InA Wold FriendThe Ruose That Deck'd Her BreastNanny's CowThe Shep'erd BuoyHope A-Left BehineA Good FaetherThe Beam in Grenley ChurchThe Vaices That Be GonePollLooks A-Know d'AvoreThe Music o' the DeadThe Pliace a Tiale's A-Tuold o'Ant's TantrumsThe Stuonen PuorchFarmers' SonsJeanThe Dree WoaksThe Huomestead A-Vell into HanThe D'rection PostJean o' Grenley MillThe Bells of AlderburnhamThe Girt Wold House o' Mossy StuoneEclogue: The TimesA WitchPoems Not Included in the 1844 CollectionEclogue: A Cousin Down vrom Lon'onEclogue: EmigrationEclogue: The New Poor LawsThe Work Buoy o' the FarmThe DroveAxen Maidens to Goo to FiairA Glossary of the Dorset Dialect of the English Language (1844; 1847)Notes on the DissertationsNotes on the PoemsNotes on the GlossaryAppendices:1. Dissertation: additional variants in punctuation and spelling2. Poems: additional variants in punctuation and spelling3. Poems: variants found in doubtful manuscripts