The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie by Shelley KingThe Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie by Shelley King

The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie

EditorShelley King, John Pierce

Hardcover | December 19, 2009

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The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie offers the first collected, scholarly edition of poetical writings of one of the most celebrated women writers of the early nineteenth century. It brings together poems from a variety of sources, including three volumes of poetry assembled by theauthor, annual anthologies, periodicals, songs, manuscripts, fictional tales, broad sheets, separately published pamphlets, and unpublished private correspondence. The poems included cover the entire range of Opie's long career, starting with her earliest surviving works from the 1790s and extendingthrough her last poems in 1850. The arrangement proposed for this edition gives an overall sense of Opie's development from her early experiments with short lyrics appearing in The Annual Anthology, The Cabinet, and The European Magazine to her first large-scale success with Poems and thepublication of a number of song lyrics, to the longer narrative poems in The Warrior's Return to the final phase of her publishing life after officially joining the Quakers in 1825 - the appearance of Lays for the Dead, a sequence of elegies for both private and public figures. Until now, Opie hasbeen known primarily through a few frequently anthologized poems focusing on her response to the war with France and her support of the abolition movement. The Collected Poems offers the opportunity to explore more fully the contribution made to literary culture in the period by a woman whothroughout her life used poetry as the basis of affective connection with her world.
Shelley King is Associate Professor of English at Queen's University, Canada, where she teaches courses in Romantic and Victorian British Literature and in the History of Children's Literature. In addition to co-editing (with John B. Pierce) Opie's Adeline Mowbray (1999) and The Father and Daughter (2003), she has published articles o...
Title:The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson OpieFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pagesPublished:December 19, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199218900

ISBN - 13:9780199218905


Table of Contents

IntroductionAbbreviationsList of FiguresPoemsAppendix A: Eudora, The Maid of Corinth (1803)Appendix B: Introduction to the Negro Boy's TaleAppendix C: Poems of False or Dubious AttributionAppendix D: Sample SongsAppendix E: Reviews of Volumes of PoetryBibliographyList of TitlesList of First Lines