As a study of lyric poetry, in English, from the early modern period to the present, this book explores one of the most ancient and significant art forms in Western culture as it emerges in its various modern incarnations. Combining a much-needed historicisation of the concept of lyric with an aesthetic and formal focus, this collaboration of period-specialists offers a new cross-historical approach. Through eleven chapters, spanning more than four centuries, the book provides readers with both a genealogical framework for the understanding of lyric poetry within any particular period, and a necessary context for more general discussion of the nature of genre.
Marion Thain is Reader in English Literature and Culture at Sheffield University. She has published primarily on late-nineteenth-century poetry and poetics, and is author of 'Michael Field': Poetry, Aestheticism and the Fin de Siecle (Cambridge, 2007).
Introduction Marion Thain; 1. 'Words for music, perhaps': early modern songs and lyric David Lindley; 2. Neither here nor there: deixis and the sixteenth-century sonnet Heather Dubrow; 3. 'Trewly wrote': manuscript, print and the lyric in the early seventeenth century Thomas Healy; 4. Lyric and the English revolution Nigel Smith; 5. Modulation and expression in the lyric ode, 1660-1750 David Fairer; 6. Eighteenth-century high lyric: William Collins and Christopher Smart Marcus Walsh; 7. The retuning of the sky: Romanticism and lyric David Duff; 8. Victorian lyric pathology and phenomenology Marion Thain; 9. Modernism and the limits of lyric Peter Nicholls; 10. The lyric 'I' in late-twentieth-century English poetry Neil Roberts; 11. No man is an I: recent developments in the lyric Ian Patterson; Afterword Jonathan Culler.