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The Victorians: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics (Blackwell Anthologies) Paperback – 14 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (14 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631199160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631199168
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 4.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A Victorian anthology like this is just what we need."
Jerome J. McGann, University of Virginia

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Valentine Cunningham′s magnificent anthology presents the cornucopia of Victorian poetry as never before within a single volume. All the major poets of the period – Tennyson, Robert Browning, John Clare, Matthew Arnold, Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Bronte&ës, the Rossettis, George Eliot, Swinburne, Housman, Hardy, Wilde, Yeats – are very generously represented, with complete texts of a wide range of key poems.

Also represented are many of the writers who are on the cusp of the central canon, some with their poetic talents already acknowledged – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Clough, Meredith, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll – others awaiting the wider recognition they deserve, such as Edward Carpenter, W. E. Henley, and the many women this collection makes a point of featuring: ′Michael Field′, Laetita Landon, Amy Levy, Alice Meynell, Constance Naden, Edith Nesbit and Augusta Webster.

Here is unique access to the immense and arresting variety of Victorian poetic producers: the street balladists and self–taught working–class poets, the Pre–Raphaelites, Spasmodics, medievalizers, university wits, social realists, hymn–writers, satirists, parodists, story–tellers, symbolists and decadents – all variously engaged in the big issues of the time – faith and doubt, sexuality, gender roles, war, imperialism, poverty, industrialism, the city, the natural world, the functions of writing and criticism; everything, in short, from snow to dentists, cod–liver oil to angels in the house, railway trains to hexameters.

In addition, the great conversation going on within Victorian poetry about the role of the poet and the nature of poetry and poetic work is afforced by main prose pieces from the period′s critical debate, not least in the journals and reviews.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By on 21 May 2001
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Although sceptical at first because I was forced to purchase the book which appeared on my degree syllabus earlier this year, its relevance and wide variety of material surprised me. It has proved invaluable to me in my studies, but I strongly feel that it would also be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in, or love of the Victorian period. Finally I have found a comprehensive collection rivalling the Norton Anthologies for value for money and scope of material!
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The Go To Book for the Victorians 9 Nov 2008
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I will make this short. It is printed on good paper, the binding holds up, and it has enough poems to keep me busy. These are one of those books that is a must for any poetry lover. I bought my book used and the price was great.
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