A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Christine Gerrard (editor)Paperback

Only 1 in stock

£29.69 RRP £32.99  You save £3.30 (10%) With FREE Saver Delivery


This broad-ranging Companion offers readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its rich variety. * Provides 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, 3rd edition (Wiley Blackwell, 2014)

Create a review

About Author

Christine Gerrard is Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. She is the author of The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725 1742 (1994), Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685 1750 (2003) and editor of The Complete Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. vol. 1 (2013). She is the co-editor, with David Fairer, of Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell, third edition, 2014).


Notes on Contributors ix Acknowledgments xv Introduction 1 Christine Gerrard PART I Contexts and Perspectives 5 1 Poetry, Politics, and the Rise of Party 7 Christine Gerrard 2 Poetry, Politics, and Empire 23 Suvir Kaul 3 Poetry and Science 38 Clark Lawlor 4 Poetry and Religion 53 Emma Mason 5 Poetic Enthusiasm 69 John D. Morillo 6 Poetry and the Visual Arts 83 Robert Jones 7 Poetry, Popular Culture, and the Literary Marketplace 97 George Justice 8 Women Poets and Their Writing in Eighteenth-Century Britain 111 Charlotte Grant 9 Poetry, Sentiment, and Sensibility 127 Jennifer Keith PART II Readings 143 10 John Gay, The Shepherd's Week 145 Mina Gorji 11 Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock and "Eloisa to Abelard" 157 Valerie Rumbold 12 Jonathan Swift, the "Stella" Poems 170 Ros Ballaster 13 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Six Town Eclogues and Other Poems 184 Isobel Grundy 14 James Thomson, The Seasons 197 Christine Gerrard 15 Stephen Duck, The Thresher's Labour, and Mary Collier, The Woman's Labour 209 John Goodridge 16 Mary Leapor, "Crumble-Hall" 223 David Fairer 17 Mark Akenside, The Pleasures of Imagination 237 Adam Rounce 18 Samuel Johnson, London and The Vanity of Human Wishes 252 David F. Venturo 19 William Collins, "Ode on the Poetical Character" 265 John Sitter 20 Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard 277 Suvir Kaul 21 Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno 290 Chris Mounsey 22 Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village, and George Crabbe, The Village 303 Caryn Chaden 23 William Cowper, The Task 316 Freya Johnston 24 Robert Burns, "Tam o' Shanter" 329 Murray Pittock PART III Forms and Genres 339 25 Rhyming Couplets and Blank Verse 341 Richard Bradford 26 Epic and Mock-Heroic 356 Richard Terry 27 Verse Satire 369 Brean Hammond 28 The Ode 386 Margaret M. Koehler 29 The Georgic 403 Juan Christian Pellicer 30 The Verse Epistle 417 Bill Overton PART IV Themes and Debates 429 31 The Constructions of Femininity 431 Kathryn R. King 32 Whig and Tory Poetics 444 Abigail Williams 33 The Classical Inheritance 458 David Hopkins 34 Augustanism and Pre-Romanticism 473 Thomas Woodman 35 Recovering the Past: Shakespeare, Spenser, and British Poetic Tradition 486 Carolyn D. Williams 36 The Pleasures and Perils of the Imagination 500 Paul Baines 37 The Sublime 515 Shaun Irlam 38 Poetry and the City 534 Markman Ellis 39 Cartography and the Poetry of Place 549 Rachel Crawford 40 Rural Poetry and the Self-Taught Tradition 563 Bridget Keegan 41 Poetry Beyond the English Borders 577 Gerard Carruthers Index 590

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/02/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781118702291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 624
  • ID: 9781118702291
  • weight: 952
  • ISBN10: 1118702298

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly