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The Cambridge Companion to English Poetry, Donne to Marvell
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  • Page extent: 328 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.48 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 821/.309
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PR541 .C36 1993
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English poetry--Early modern, 10-1700--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521423090 | ISBN-10: 0521423090)

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  • Published November 1993

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English poetry in the first half of the seventeenth century, an outstandingly rich and varied body of verse, can be understood and appreciated more fully when set in its cultural and ideological context. This introductory Companion, consisting of fourteen new introductory essays by scholars of international standing, provides individual studies of Donne, Jonson, Herrick, Herbert, Carew, Suckling, Lovelace, Milton, Crashaw, Vaughan and Marvell, together with general essays on the political, social and religious context, and the relationship of poetry to the mutations and developments of genre and tradition.


Chronology; Part I. The Context: 1. Politics and religion David Loewenstein; 2. The politics of gender Elaine Hobby; 3. Manuscript, print, and the social history of the lyric Arthur F. Marroti; 4. Genre and tradition Alastair Fowler; 5. Rhetoric Brian Vickers; Part II. Some Poets: 6. John Donne Achsah Guibbory; 7. Ben Jonson Richard Helgerson; 8. Robert Herrick Leah S. Marcus; 9. George Herbert Helen Wilcox; 10. Thomas Carew, Sir John Suckling and Richard Lovelace Thomas N. Corns; 11. John Milton: the early works Michael Wilding; 12. Richard Crashaw Anthony Low; 13. Henry Vaughan Jonathan Post; 14. Andrew Marvell Donald M. Friedman.

Prize Winner

Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1995


"Anticipate not your usual dry tome, but a collection determined to make it easier to read English poetry of the first part of the 17th century....Enjoy a discourse on rhetoric, with numerous quotes from writers of the times; or consider an in-depth analysis of John Donne; it's easy to browse." Bookwatch

"...superbly envisioned and carried out in fresh, important, useful essays....There is no bad work here: All the individual studies have value as 'companions' to new readers of the poetry, yet are sophisticated and critically shrewd inquiries....No other current volume does the work of this one." Choice

"Although each of the essays is self-contained and written without reference to others in the collection, they form, when read together, a very satisfying whole. The sophisticated level of the critical discourse of the essays, as well as the authoritative scholarship that informs them, goes well beyond one's usual expectations for such collections." John R. Roberts, Seventeenth-Century News

" of the signal virtues of this fine collection is its expert blend of traditional and novel approaches. The entire collection attests at once to the interpretive power of a currently unfashionable mode of criticism that pays attention to genre and provides cogency to the current emphasis on the material transmission of books and manuscripts. One emerges from the collection not with the sense of the enormous distance separating new and old approaches but rather with a refreshing picture of the contiguity of new and old....A fine introduction to the field for ambitious undergraduates and beginning graduate students, it contains more than enough novelty to sustain the interest of specialists." Michael Schoenfeldt, Renaissance Quarterly


David Loewenstein, Elaine Hobby, Arthur F. Marroti, Alastair Fowler, Brian Vickers, Achsah Guibbory, Richard Helgerson, Leah S. Marcus, Helen Wilcox, Thomas N. Corns, Michael Wilding, Anthony Low, Jonathan Post, Donald M. Friedman

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