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The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry
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  • 6 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 344 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.67 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 821/.809
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR591 .H84 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English poetry--19th century--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521856249)

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Victorian poetry was read and enjoyed by a much larger audience than is sometimes thought. Publication in widely-circulating periodicals, reprinting in book reviews, and excerpting in novels and essays ensured that major poets such as Tennyson, Browning, Hardy and Rossetti were household names, and they remain popular today. The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry provides an accessible overview of British poetry from 1830 to 1901, paying particular attention to its role in mass media print culture. Designed to interest both students and scholars, the book traces lively dialogues between poets and explains poets' choices of form, style and language. It also demonstrates poetry's relevance to Victorian debates on science, social justice, religion, imperialism, and art. Featuring a glossary of literary terms, a guide to further reading, and two examples of close readings of Victorian poems, this introduction is the ideal starting-point for the study of verse in the nineteenth century.

Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Introducing Victorian poetry; Part I. The Forms of Victorian Poetry: 1. Victorian experimentalism; 2. Victorian dialogues with tradition; 3. The impress of print; Part II. The Rhetoric of Victorian Poetry: 4. Poetry, technology, science; 5. Poetry and religion; 6. Poetry and the heart's affections; 7. Poetry and empire; 8. Poetic liberties; 9. Art for art's sake; Coda: close readings: Aurora Leigh, 'Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam' and 'Friends Beyond'; Glossary; Guide to further reading; Index.

Reviews

"By far the most important recent general study of Victorian poetry is Linda K. Hughes’s substantial Cambridge Introduction to the topic. Hughes, who has published influentially on both well-known poets such as Tennyson and lesser-known writers such as Rosamund Marriott Watson, is extremely well-placed to undertake a comprehensive project of this kind. Her chapters look at admirably broad topics such as “Victorian Experimentalism,” in which she provides an eclectic selection of works taken from every part of the period. With such a command of the field, Hughes manages to juxtapose formal and verbal innovations in poems as diverse as those by Browning, Hardy, Hopkins, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Michael Field, Arthur Symons, and John Gray. This immensely satisfying volume, which I plan to use in my classes, integrates sections that concentrate on form and rhetoric with others that address topics such as empire, liberty, and art for art’s sake."
--SEL: Studies in English Literature

"(Hughes's) 'introduction' is in fact much more than that modest title might imply, and is particularly illuminating in relating text and context, demonstrating superbly how so many poems of the period first reached the public as part of the efflorescence of mass print culture - in journals, magazines, and keepsake albums.
-- Roger Ebbatson

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