The Facts On File companion to British poetry, 17th and 18th centuries /
[edited by] Virginia Brackett.
New York : Facts On File, 2008.
viii, 488 p.
9780816063284 (acid-free paper)
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New York : Facts On File, 2008.
9780816063284 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: 17th and 18th Centuries is an encyclopedic guide to British poetry from 1600 to 1800. With more than 400 entries ranging in length from 300 to more than 2,500 words, this new and extensive resource covers some of the finest and most popular poetry in the English language. Appendixes include a general bibliography and a glossary of poetic terms.
Coverage includes:
Major poems, such as Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, The Flea, Paradise Lost, and The Rape of the Lock
Poets, from the Puritan period up to the beginnings of the Romantic Age, including Aphra Behn, John Donne, John Dryden, Thomas Gray, George Herbert, Ben Jonson, John Milton, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Lady Mary Wroth
Important themes, topics, and movements, such as carpe diem, Cavalier poets, Metaphysical poets, Sons of Ben, and more.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-12-01:
Though based on frequently anthologized works and authors, this companion also treats underrepresented poets and poetry. Its broader view of a compelling subject is further emphasized in approximately 400 signed, scholarly entries covering the various contexts in which poets wrote and works were published and disseminated, as well as the cultural pressures and phenomena exhibited in the poetry produced during these centuries. Entries cover topics including poets, individual works, prominent themes, poetic forms and genres, and influential groups and movements, with longer essays devoted to influential poems such as Behn's "The Disappointment" and Donne's "Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward." The editor's brief introduction outlines the volume's scope and goals, and specifically addresses an interest in touching on the ways in which poets used their work to make sense of the particular religious and social challenges of their times. This volume is an excellent resource for scholars new to the field, and a valuable contribution to 17th- and 18th-century literary studies in general. Students interested in relationships between Restoration and Enlightenment history, thought, and literature will particularly prize this companion. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. J. G. Matthews Washington State University Libraries
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-09-15:
These two books are part of a four-volume set on British poetry from its beginnings to the present. Each includes an introduction that provides information on using the book and an overview essay on the subject of the volume. Both volumes include comprehensive indexes with cross-references and are arranged alphabetically. Presenting approximately 600 entries, Before 1600 features subjects that have been included in major anthologies texts used in studying early British poetry. Entries range in length from one or two paragraphs to one or two pages, with most filling somewhat less than a page. The longer entries are reserved for major subjects (e.g., Beowulf, The Faerie Queene), while the brief entries are used for definitions of terms. Cross-references are sprinkled throughout the entries as well as in the index. Appendixes include a glossary, a list of contributors, and a brief bibliography of recommended resources. Each entry is signed by the contributor, except for those written by Sauer (English, Minot State Univ.), who is also the managing editor of Medieval Feminist Forum. 17th and 18th Centuries offers approximately 400 entries, which are very similar in length to those in Volume 1, although with a larger percentage of longer entries. Entry topics were similarly chosen, but some less popular poems and poets were included for reasons of "historical, cultural, and aesthetic significance." Appendixes include a glossary and selected bibliography. All the entries are written by Brackett (English, Park Univ.). BOTTOM LINE Both volumes are recommended for high school and college libraries supporting research in English literature. Whether an institution purchases the print or e-format will vary according to usage patterns and collection plans. The Facts On File ebook platform (Infobase Ebooks) and pricing program are just being rolled out, so librarians will want to examine both ventures before deciding on ebook purchases. The print version meets the publisher's usual standards. [Both volumes are available as ebooks through sources like Follett, NetLibrary, MyiLibrary, and Infobase Ebooks. Ebook pricing varies according to distributor, but if a library purchases an ebook from Facts On File, pricing for ebooks begins at the same price as for print books.]--Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
A-To-Z Entriesp. 1
Glossaryp. 468
Selected Bibliographyp. 472
Indexp. 475
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