The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart: Volume IV. Miscellaneous Poems, English and Latin…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byChristopher SmartEditorKarina Williamson

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The present volume, which contains miscellaneous English and Latin verse, written throughout his career, shows Smart as he appeared to his contemporaries: a brilliant but wayward scholar, who threw away a life of distinction at Cambridge to engage in the raffish world of the London theaters
and pleasure gardens. By presenting the poems in chronological order, it also reveals the pattern of his evolution from both academic and popular roles into a poet dedicated to Christian service. Over thirty pieces in this volume have not appeared in any previous collection, and several are
reprinted for the first time since the 18th century. Translations are provided for all Latin poems.

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The present volume, which contains miscellaneous English and Latin verse, written throughout his career, shows Smart as he appeared to his contemporaries: a brilliant but wayward scholar, who threw away a life of distinction at Cambridge to engage in the raffish world of the London theatersand pleasure gardens. By presenting the poems ...

Christopher Smart (1722-1771) was an English poet, whose works include A Song to David and Jubilate Agno, both of which were at least partly written during his confinement in an insane asylum.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:548 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198127685

ISBN - 13:9780198127680

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"Indispensable: the editor has reproduced thirty pieces not reprinted since the eighteenth century, has included a section of 'Poems of Uncertain Authorship, ' capacious notes to every poem, variant readings at the bottom of the page, and an exhaustive bibliography of secondary sources."--TheScriblerian"Well up to the standard of the series, and very welcome indeed....The most important of the contents is The Hilliad (great fun), but there are many surprises and pleasures to be found here. Williamson's edition is helping Smart claim his place as a major poet, and the succinct but meaty notes area great help even to the specialist reader."--Studies in English Literature