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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (16 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405113189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405113182
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 4.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,916,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" Eighteenth–Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology is simply the best or even the only eighteenth–century poetry anthology to use in undergraduate and graduate survey courses. The annotation is rich and detailed, the headnotes and introductory matter are superb and the selections wisely chosen. This is an edition that I treasure." John Richetti, University of Pennsylvania <!––end––>

"This is one of those rare books that reshapes and reanimates a field of inquiry. Fairer and Gerrard know their subject as well as anyone, and this anthology gives us all the benefit of their erudition, insight and critical tact." John Sitter, Emory University

"The volume, handsomely produced, is annotated economically, with a sure instinct for what a reader will find puzzling, whilst the head notes are compact, informative and lucid. The balance of the famous and the obscure is perfectly struck." English Studies

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Eighteenth–Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology reveals the rich variety of poetry produced in the period 1700 1800. The work of traditionally prominent authors, such as Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Robert Burns and William Cowper, is presented alongside pieces by lesser–known writers, particularly women, including Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Mary Jones, Ann Yearsley, Sarah Egerton and Mary Collier. All the poems have full foot–of–page annotations and generous headnotes.

For the second edition, the political and satirical content of the anthology has been strengthened, with the inclusion of poems such as Charles Churchill s Night, Samuel Johnson s London and Swift s A Satirical Elegy on a Late Famous General. The revised edition also features work by two new women poets, Martha Fowke and Sarah Dixon. The editors continue to draw out interesting links between the poems, and especially between male and female poets.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silvanus on 20 Feb. 2010
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If you are new to 18th century poetry then this anthology is an excellent introduction to the extraordinary range of topics and styles embraced by 18th century poets. My particular favourites are Crumble Hall by kitchen maid Mary Leapor (1722-1746) Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard by Cambridge educated Thomas Gray and The Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith. Many of the texts are given detailed readings in the excellent companion textbook: A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Junius on 9 Oct. 2014
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A very useful collection, though the modish inclusion of inferior, though occasionally interesting, non-canonical poets means that there is less room for the important works. (For instance, only Book I of The Dunciad is included). Frustratingly, there's also quite a lot of overlap with the competing annotated anthology, edited by Jain and Richardson. (In the case of Pope, four of the seven poems chosen). Nevertheless, as an accessible overview of the century's poetry this can be safely recommended.
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The best of its kind 3 Jun. 2009
By M. Lotto - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been teaching 18th and 19th century poetry courses for a few years and this anthology is the best I've found. The editorial choices favor the canon, as an anthology should. Many full texts of major poems are included, but so are texts of poems often overlooked but vital to a comprehensive survey. There are long excerpts of Thompson's The Seasons, for example, which very few anthologies think to include because it is a somewhat mind-numbing read and *hard* to teach to undergraduates; it is by far one of the most important poems of the early c18 decades. Because the anthology accounts for both a poem's initial reception and its teachability, it surpasses the competition.
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Reshaping the Eighteenth-Century Canon 10 Jun. 2003
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In Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology, David Fairer and Christine Gerrard have created an important portable library. The contents have been organized in a variety of useful ways (chronologically as well as thematically) and insightfully selected to cover a range of voices and topics. The annotations stand up to repeated readings; the scholarship displays a rare mixture of subtlety and depth of knowledge. Although it is an invaluable teaching tool for undergraduates, I keep it on my desk as an accessible and meticulously accurate reference resource. There is no finer work of its kind.
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