The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry
Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
This volume analyzes major premises, preoccupations, and practices of a wide range of English poets writing from 1700 to the 1790s, including Pope and Thomson, Anna Seward and Erasmus Darwin. Specially commissioned essays by leading scholars avoid familiar categories and single-author approaches to consider such large poetic themes as nature, the city, political passions, the relation of death to desire and dreams, the rise of a national tradition, appeals to an imagined future, and the meanings of "sensibility." The essays are supported by a chronology and guides to further reading.
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Introduction the future of eighteenthcentury poetry
Couplets and conversation
Publishing and reading poetry
The city in eighteenthcentury poetry
Questions in poetics why and how poetry matters
Eighteenthcentury women poets and readers
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