The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry analyzes major premises, preoccupations, and practices of English poets writing from 1700 to the 1790s. These specially-commissioned essays avoid familiar categories and single-author approaches to look at the century afresh. Chapters consider such large poetic themes as nature, the city, political passions, the relation of death to desire and dreams, appeals to an imagined future, and the meanings of 'sensibility'. Other chapters explore historical developments such as the connection between poetic couplets and conversation, the conditions of publication, changing theories of poetry and imagination, growing numbers of women poets and readers, the rise of a self-consciously national tradition, and the place of lyric poetry in thought and practice. The essays are well supported by supplementary material including a chronology of the period and detailed guides to further reading. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for scholars and students.
 

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Contents

Introduction the future of eighteenthcentury poetry
1
Couplets and conversation
11
Political passions
37
Publishing and reading poetry
63
The city in eighteenthcentury poetry
83
Nature poetry
109
Questions in poetics why and how poetry matters
133
Eighteenthcentury women poets and readers
157
Creating a national poetry the tradition of Spenser and Milton
177
The return to the ode
203
A poetry of absence
225
The poetry of sensibility
249
PreRomanticism and the ends of eighteenthcentury poetry
271
Index
291
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