Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Hardcover | September 24, 2016

EditorJames Williams, Matthew Bevis

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Of all the Victorian poets, Edward Lear has a good claim to the widest audience: admired and championed by critics and poets from John Ruskin to John Ashbery, he has also been read, heard, and loved by generations of children. As a central figure in the literature of nonsense Lear has alsoshaped the evolution of modern literature, and his work continues to influence and inspire writers and readers today.This collection of essays, the first ever devoted solely to Lear, builds on a recent resurgence of critical interest and asks how it is that the play of Lear's poetry continues to delight, and to challenge our sense of what poetry can be. These seventeen chapters, written by established and emergingcritics of poetry, seek to explore and appreciate the playfulness embodied in the poems, and to provide contexts in which it can be better understood and enjoyed. They consider how Lear's poems play off various inheritances (the literary fool, Romantic lyric, his religious upbringing), exploreparticular forms in which his playful genius took flight (his letters, his queer writings about love), and trace lines of Learical influence and inheritance by showing how other poets and thinkers across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries played off Lear in their turn (Stein, Eliot, Auden,Smith, Ashbery, and others).

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Of all the Victorian poets, Edward Lear has a good claim to the widest audience: admired and championed by critics and poets from John Ruskin to John Ashbery, he has also been read, heard, and loved by generations of children. As a central figure in the literature of nonsense Lear has alsoshaped the evolution of modern literature, and ...

James Williams is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of York. His publications include essays on Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Alfred Tennyson, Samuel Beckett, and Victorian comic verse. He is currently completing a short monograph, Edward Lear, in the Writers and Their Work series (Northcote House). Matthew Bevis is a Le...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:September 24, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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James Williams and Matthew Bevis: Introduction: Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry1. James Williams: Lear and the Fool2. Michael O'Neill: 'One of the Dumms': Edward Lear and Romanticism3. Sara Lodge: Edward Lear and Dissent4. Peter Swaab: 'Some think him ... queer': Loners and Love in Edward Lear5. Peter Robinson: Edward Lear: Celebrity Chef6. Matthew Bevis: Falling for Edward Lear7. Daniel Brown: Being and Naughtiness8. Anna Henchman: Fragments out of Place: Homology and the Logic of Nonsense in Edward Lear9. Daniel Karlin: 'The Owl and the Pussy-Cat', and other Poems of Love and Marriage10. Hugh Haughton: Playing with Letters: Lear's Episthilarity11. Anna Barton: The Sense and Nonsense of Weariness: Edward Lear and Gertrude Stein read Tennyson12. Anne Stillman: T.S. Eliot plays Edward Lear13. Adam Piette: 'Now listen, Mr Leer!': Joyce's Lear14. Seamus Perry: Auden's Lear15. William May: Drawing away from Lear: Stevie Smith's Deceitful Echo16. Adam Phillips: Edward Lear's Contribution to British Psychoanalysis17. Stephen Ross: Edward Lear, John Ashbery, and the Pleasant SurpriseSelect BibliographyIndex