Sound Intentions: The Workings of Rhyme in Nineteenth-Century Poetry

Hardcover | December 22, 2012

byPeter Mcdonald

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The rhymes in poems are important to understanding how poets write; and in the nineteenth century, rhyme conditioned the ways in which poets heard both themselves and each other writing. Sound Intentions studies the significance of rhyme in the work of Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, ChristinaRossetti, Hopkins and other poets, including Coleridge, Byron, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Swinburne, and Hardy. The book's stylistic reading of nineteenth-century poetry argues for Wordsworth's centrality to issues of intention and chance in poets' work, and offers a reading of the formal choicesmade in poetry as profoundly revealing points of intertextual relation. Sound Intentions includes detailed consideration of the critical meaning of both rhyme and repetition, bringing to bear an emphasis on form as poetry's crucial proving-ground. In a series of detailed readings of important poems, the book shows how close formal attention goes beyond critical formalism, and can become a way of illuminating poets' deepest preoccupations, doubts, and beliefs. Wordsworth's sounding of his own poetic voice, in blank verse as well as rhyme, ishere taken as a model for the ways in which later nineteenth-century poets attend to the most perplexing and important voicings of their own poetic originality.

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The rhymes in poems are important to understanding how poets write; and in the nineteenth century, rhyme conditioned the ways in which poets heard both themselves and each other writing. Sound Intentions studies the significance of rhyme in the work of Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, ChristinaRossetti, Hopkins and other poets, including C...

Peter McDonald is a poet and critic. Born in Belfast, he has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol, and Oxford, where he has since 1999 been Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in the English Language at Christ Church College. He is the author of five volumes of poetry, and his Collected Poems will appear from Carc...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:December 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Rhyme, Chance, and Repetition2. William Wordsworth: Poetry and Repose3. John Keats: 'The Very Word'4. Alfred Tennyson: Memory and Hope5. Christina Rossetti: The Sound of the Sea6. Gerard M. Hopkins: 'Driven to it'Afterword: Rhyme and Three PoetsAppendix: William Wordsworth, 'Ode'