Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell Annotated Anthologies) Paperback – 16 Dec 2003
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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.See all Product description
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13 June 2015
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This was the set text for one of my courses and it is brilliant. It is probably the best 18th Century poetry anthology there is. It provides useful historical and contextual information on each poet and contains an interesting selection of poetry. The poems contain annotations which allude to other poems, which is great if you're looking for connections between poems and poets. As 18th C poetry is very difficult, the annotations also serve to elucidate certain words in the poems which may appear strange or ambiguous. Certain poems which contained no punctuation in there initial state, have been punctuated by the editors, and I can attest that they have done a fantastic job in making sure the poem is accessible to 21st century readers.
9 October 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.
20 February 2010
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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