2. Archaist-Innovators: The Couplet from Churchill to Browning

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Simon Jarvis Professor

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch2

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Jarvis, S. (2010) Archaist-Innovators: The Couplet from Churchill to Browning, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch2

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  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650



  • archaist-innovators - the couplet from Churchill to Browning;
  • heroic couplet, from a marginal angle - approaching this period of literary history;
  • decasyllabic couplets, and variations - in syllable numbers attending them;
  • Byron's pyramid of poetical merit - second place awarded to Samuel Rogers, poet of The Pleasures of Memory;
  • Yuri Tynianov, the great master of Russian historical poetics;
  • Stuart Curran's valuable and influential study - of Poetic Form and British Romanticism, scarcely any sustained treatment of rhythm and meter;
  • small change of verse - how in each case, form would sublimely paint content;
  • one single poem, Crabbe's Parish Register - alluding to it, to praise frugality;
  • critical reception of Keats's Endymion - in contrast with Hunt's fostering of Keats;
  • Julian's, and Shelley's, ease of discursive transition - a metrico-rhythmic art of transition, which is its equal


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • I

  • II

  • III

  • IV

  • V

  • References and Further Reading