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The Columbia history of British poetry /
Carl Woodring, editor ; James Shapiro, associate editor.
imprint
New York : Columbia University Press, c1994.
description
xi, 732 p.
ISBN
0231078382 :
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imprint
New York : Columbia University Press, c1994.
isbn
0231078382 :
general note
ARN-0563
catalogue key
338889
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-11-01:
The editors of this volume, both Columbia University scholars of English literature, construct a sweeping overview of British poetry. The 26 essays succeed in placing the rich poetry of the British Isles in a historical perspective that takes into account the theological, economical, cultural, and aesthetic influences of each major period. The editors' aim is to reveal the ``accomplishments of British poets over the course of 12 centuries.'' The opening essay, ``Old English Poetry,'' is a manifestation of the deftness engineered throughout the book. Other highlights are the essays ``Byron, Shelley, Keats,'' and ``Printing and Distribution of Poetry,'' which examines the transition of poetry from an oral to a written art form. Women poets are discussed alongside men within the context of each historical period, thus giving them equal recognition. This is not a history of dead, white males but a ``collective history'' of influential British poets, past and present. Highly recommended.-- Tim Gavin, The Episcopal Acad., Merion, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1994-04:
For a book composed by a group of differing peers--more than two dozen scholars participated--this new history offers a surprisingly conventional account of its glorious subject. If Sidney is given more prominence than might be expected, and Spenser less; if Christopher Smart is among the missing; if Byron, Shelley, and Keats are made to resemble quarrelsome Siamese triplets; if Christina Rossetti is given two notices, one pro and one con and neither mindful of the irony that spices both her religious and her secular poetry; if T.S. Eliot is very nearly written off as a joke--nevertheless the canon from the Beowulf poet to Yeats remains pretty much what it has been for several generations of American students and teachers. To be sure, more women poets are treated; but whether, say, Mary Sidney gets attention equal to that given her brother, Philip, is moot. For all the bickerings and idiosyncrasies, the Pegasus designed by this committee is a down-to-earth, diligent dromedary. Recommended for all college libraries. J. Hafley; St. John's University (NY)
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Among the countless anthologies of poetry, one always looks for a book in which both scholarship and taste contribute at the highest levels. For anyone who writes or reads poetry, or has the sensibility to be drawn to it, this is the book.
"Among the countless anthologies of poetry, one always looks for a book in which both scholarship and taste contribute at the highest levels. For anyone who writes or reads poetry, or has the sensibility to be drawn to it, this is the book." -- James Dickey
"A sweeping overview of British poetry... placing the rich poetry of the British Isles in a historical perspective that takes into account the theological, economical, cultural, and esthetic influences of each major period. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal
Superb.... The ideal introduction to British poetry.
"Superb.... The ideal introduction to British poetry." -- Mark Strand
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Library Journal, November 1993
Choice, April 1994
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Summaries
Main Description
The Columbia Anthology of British Poetrybrings together the most remarkable verse written in the British Isles over the course of the past twelve centuries, offering the greatest diversity of poetic voices in any anthology of its kind.From Shakespeare's memorable sonnets to Keats's haunting odes to T.S. Eliot's mediations on the conditions of modern life, the collection contains many of the best-loved treasures of British poetry. Longer and much-celebrated poems that rarely find their way into anthologies-including Pope's "Rape of the Lock" and Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"-claim a place in this collection.Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Killigrew, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Felicia Hemans are among dozens of women writers renowned in their own day and now restored to their rightful prominence. Scottish, Welsh, and Irish poets often excluded from anthologies of British poetry are here as well, including such extraordinary voices as Lady Grisell Baillie, Robert Burns, Hugh MacDiarmid, and Seamus Heaney. The finest contemporary poets are fully represented also, from Thom Gunn to Eavan Boland. The result is an amazingly rich and wide-ranging conversation among British poets that transcends the boundaries of time and place.Carl Woodring and James Shapiro, the team scholars who edited The Columbia History of British Poetry, have written incisive introductions to the careers of the poets, making this the most accessible and comprehensive anthology of British verse in print. Covering the new and the ancient, the classic and the rediscovered, this generous volume reimagines the horizons of British poetry.
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Main Description
The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry brings together the most remarkable verse written in the British Isles over the course of the past twelve centuries, offering the greatest diversity of poetic voices in any anthology of its kind. From Shakespeare's memorable sonnets to Keats's haunting odes to T.S. Eliot's mediations on the conditions of modern life, the collection contains many of the best-loved treasures of British poetry. Longer and much-celebrated poems that rarely find their way into anthologies-including Pope's "Rape of the Lock" and Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"-claim a place in this collection. Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Killigrew, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Felicia Hemans are among dozens of women writers renowned in their own day and now restored to their rightful prominence. Scottish, Welsh, and Irish poets often excluded from anthologies of British poetry are here as well, including such extraordinary voices as Lady Grisell Baillie, Robert Burns, Hugh MacDiarmid, and Seamus Heaney. The finest contemporary poets are fully represented also, from Thom Gunn to Eavan Boland. The result is an amazingly rich and wide-ranging conversation among British poets that transcends the boundaries of time and place. Carl Woodring and James Shapiro, the team scholars who edited The Columbia History of British Poetry , have written incisive introductions to the careers of the poets, making this the most accessible and comprehensive anthology of British verse in print. Covering the new and the ancient, the classic and the rediscovered, this generous volume reimagines the horizons of British poetry.
Main Description
-- Library Journal
Main Description
The Columbia Anthology of British Poetrybrings together the most remarkable verse written in the British Isles over the course of the past twelve centuries, offering the greatest diversity of poetic voices in any anthology of its kind. From Shakespeare's memorable sonnets to Keats's haunting odes to T.S. Eliot's mediations on the conditions of modern life, the collection contains many of the best-loved treasures of British poetry. Longer and much-celebrated poems that rarely find their way into anthologies-including Pope's "Rape of the Lock" and Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"-claim a place in this collection. Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Killigrew, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Felicia Hemans are among dozens of women writers renowned in their own day and now restored to their rightful prominence. Scottish, Welsh, and Irish poets often excluded from anthologies of British poetry are here as well, including such extraordinary voices as Lady Grisell Baillie, Robert Burns, Hugh MacDiarmid, and Seamus Heaney. The finest contemporary poets are fully represented also, from Thom Gunn to Eavan Boland. The result is an amazingly rich and wide-ranging conversation among British poets that transcends the boundaries of time and place. Carl Woodring and James Shapiro, the team scholars who edited The Columbia History of British Poetry, have written incisive introductions to the careers of the poets, making this the most accessible and comprehensive anthology of British verse in print. Covering the new and the ancient, the classic and the rediscovered, this generous volume reimagines the horizons of British poetry.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Old English Poetryp. 1
Middle English Poetryp. 23
Chaucerp. 55
Poetry in Scots: Barbour to Burnsp. 81
From Ballads to Betjemanp. 110
Printing and Distribution of Poetryp. 132
Varieties of Sixteenth-Century Narrative Poetryp. 157
Sixteenth Century Lyric Poetryp. 179
Spenser, Sidney, Jonsonp. 203
Lyric Poetry from Donne to Philipsp. 229
Miltonp. 254
Dryden and Popep. 274
Poetry in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 301
Blakep. 327
Coleridgep. 341
Poetry, 1785-1832p. 353
Byron, Shelley, Keatsp. 381
Wordsworth and Tennysonp. 405
The Victorian Erap. 425
Victorian Religious Poetryp. 452
Pre-Raphaelite Poetryp. 478
The 1890sp. 505
1898-1945: Hardy to Audenp. 532
Yeats, Lawrence, Eliotp. 554
Poetry in England, 1945-1990p. 577
Poetry in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, 1920-1990p. 605
Brief Biographies of the Poetsp. 643
Editionsp. 671
Notes on Contributorsp. 678
Indexp. 683
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