A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

Editor(s): Christine Gerrard

Published Online: 22 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9781405113168

Online ISBN: 9780470996638

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996638

About this Book

This broad-ranging Companion gives readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its rich variety.

  • An up-to-date and wide-ranging guide to eighteenth-century poetry.
  • Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades.
  • Opens with a section on contexts, discussing poetry's relationships with patriotism, politics, science, and the visual arts, for example.
  • Discusses poetry by male and female poets from all walks of life.
  • Includes numerous close readings of individual poems, ranging from Pope's The Rape of the Lock to Mary Collier's The Woman's Labour.
  • Includes more provocative contributions on subjects such as rural poetry and the self-taught tradition, British poetry 'beyond the borders', the constructions of femininity, women as writers and women as readers.
  • Designed to be used alongside David Fairer and Christine Gerrard's Eighteenth-century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, Second Edition, 2003).

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Contexts and Perspectives

  2. Part II: Readings

  3. Part III: Forms and Genres

  4. Part IV: Themes and Debates

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