The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry, 1660-1800

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Jack Lynch, John T. Lynch
Oxford University Press, 2016 - English poetry - 794 pages
In the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the poetry published in Britain between the Restoration and the end of the eighteenth century, forty-four authorities from six countries survey the poetry of the age in all its richness and diversity - serious and satirical, public andprivate, by men and women, nobles and peasants, whether published in deluxe editions or sung on the streets. The contributors discuss poems in social contexts, poetic identities, poetic subjects, poetic form, poetic genres, poetic devices, and criticism. Even experts in eighteenth-century poetrywill see familiar poems from new angles, and all readers will encounter poems they've never read before. The book is not a chronologically organized literary history, nor an encyclopedia, nor a collection of thematically related essays; rather it is an attempt to provide a systematic overview ofthese poetic works, and to restore it to a position of centrality in modern criticism.
 

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Contents

Part II Poetic Identities
125
Part III Poetic Subjects
267
Part IV Poetic Form
371
Part V Poetic Genres
439
Part VI Poetic Devices
615
Part VII Criticism
683
Index
747
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Jack Lynch is Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark and the author or editor of eighteen books, including The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson and Deception and Detection in Eighteenth-Century Britain. He is co-editor of The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual.

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