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The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse Hardcover – Dec 1987

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  • Hardcover: 698 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (Dec 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192141546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192141545
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...almost everywhere you turn in Mr Ricks's selection you are likely to be struck by the scope of Victorian poetry, by its humour, musicality, and most of all its frank appeal to the feelings and emotional power.' ObserverThis is an anthology that serious people can take seriously. It is not a candle flame in a ruined garden and night, but a reliable searchlight.' SpectatorIt is a magnificent piece of imaginative editing, a book to give real excitement and pleasure.' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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About the authorChristopher Ricks is Professor of English at Boston University, and editor of The Poems of Tennyson (revised edition). His critical works include Keats and Embarrassment, Tennyson, and The Force of Poetry.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yetifeet77 on 24 Jan 2011
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As an English Literature student this collection of Victorian poetry will be an invaluable book for my course and for study, as well as reading for pleasure. It contains 560 poems and even some of John Clare's poems which often seem to be omitted from the other collections and anthologies of Victorian poetry, even the excellent "Annotated Anthology". The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse is a wide ranging book with several poems which I have had difficulty finding. Excellent book for students and poetry lovers alike. In fact, it is a good book for anyone who enjoys reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Graham David on 15 Jun 2010
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....for an exceptionally rich and generous volume of verse - generous in the ample selections of G.M. Hopkins, Hardy, Browning, etc, but also in the precious nuggets tucked in here and there, like the ghostly little poem by Andrew Lang. Christopher Ricks is an original and imaginative anthologist, but also meticulous and scholarly. The selection is based on strictly chronological criteria, all coming within Victoria's reign, and eloquently demonstrating that the choronology is often all the poets had in common; as Ricks points out in his brief but illuminating introduction, there was an extraordinary variety, ranging from dramatic monologues to nonsense, and we even have a lengthy extract from E.B. Browning's verse novel 'Aurora Leigh' - an excellent opportunity to sample it. All in all, another contribution to demolishing the anti-Victorian prejudice that led to so much vandalistic demolition in the last century. This was, after all, a time that saw a vast blossoming in literature and the arts - Baudelaire and Verlaine (who were evidently read by many of our Victorians), the great novels, symphonies, the luminous production of the impressionists - and there is much that is luminous and vital in this anthology, too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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By far, one of the best poetry anthologies I own - and well worth the money. What's so wonderful about Ricks' anthology is it's attention to the greats of Victorian poetry, as well as highlighting some lesser-known poets, like Swinburne, Ruskin, John Henry Newman, and the not-so-widely read poetry of Hardy, Dickens, and Clough.
If you're a true fan of this era, you'll appreciate the attention payed to the big greats: Tennyson, Arnold, Hopkins, Browning, and the Rossettis.
I give this four-and-a-half stars, actually. There are no annotations in this anthology, which does make reading some of the poetry a bit difficult, especially for a newcomer to the genre/period.
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