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The Facts on File companion to British poetry : 19th century /
William Flesch.
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New York : Facts On File, 2010.
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xi, 468 p.
ISBN
9780816058969 (alk. paper)
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New York : Facts On File, 2010.
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9780816058969 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
7023752
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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First Chapter
Many of the most popular British poets—the ones most taught and studied in classrooms—wrote during the 19th century. Among them were the famous romantic poets, including William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, John Keats, George Gordon Byron, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the Victorian poets, such as Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hardy, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: 19th Century is a new encyclopedic guide to the 19th-century authors, poetry, historical places, and themes common to this literary period. This essential A-to-Z reference boasts a comprehensive and accessible format.Coverage includes:
Poets, including the great romantics and Victorians, as well as Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, W.B. Yeats, and many more
Major poems and books of poetry, such as Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Important movements in poetry, such as romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelite poetry
Influential journals
Terms and concepts, such as sublime and negative capability.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-02-01:
Rather than approach his subject from the now trendy political angle, Flesch (Comeuppance) focuses on 19th-century British poetry's aesthetics and content, with an engaging overview of both period and contemporary interpretations. Alphabetized entries include the concepts, movements, groups, notable poems, and renowned poets of the 1800s. Running several pages, entries feature verse excerpts, term explanations, career biographies, and further reading titles. Rounding out the book are a four-page glossary of abstruse poetic terms and an eight-page bibliography. This wonderful reference engagingly informs without the leaden prose that sometimes accompanies incisive scholarship. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2010-04-01:
Focused on the 19th century, this volume fills a gap in the Facts On File series (see also Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 1900 to the Present, by J. Persoon and R. W. Watson, CH, Jun'09, 46-5368; 17th and 18th Centuries, by V. Brackett, CH, Dec'08, 46-1810; and Before 1600, ed. by M. M. Sauer, CH, Dec'08, 46-1811). Over 335 entries explore a wide range of poets, poems, poetic movements, influential journals, and significant terms and concepts. Flesch (Brandeis) explores both biographical and critical themes, often at surprising length. Entries focused on specific works are especially detailed and useful for students interested in placing poetry within the context of historical events. The volume follows the structure of others in the series, arranging entries alphabetically and supplementing them with bibliographies of relevant sources. The brief glossary feels anemic at three pages, and the selected bibliography concluding the volume would have benefited from including scholarly articles instead of books alone. The rich index reveals the volume's depth of subject coverage. Intended for secondary school and undergraduate students, this companion also will be useful for general readers interested in this era of British poetry. As an introduction to the topic, it will be a worthwhile addition to college and university libraries supporting introductory-level literature courses. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. R. M. Roberts Lincoln Land Community College
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Many of the most popular British poetsthe ones most taught and studied in classroomswrote during the 19th century. Among them were the famous Romantic poets, including William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, John Keats, George Gordon Byron, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the Victorian poets, such as Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hardy, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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