By Charles Mahoney
Via a chain of 34 essays via major and rising students, 'A better half to Romantic Poetry' finds the wealthy variety of Romantic poetry and exhibits why it maintains to carry one of these very important and critical position within the background of English literature.
Breaking unfastened from the bounds of the traditionally–studied authors, the gathering takes a revitalized method of the sphere and brings jointly probably the most fascinating paintings being performed at this time time.
- Emphasizes poetic shape and process instead of a biographical strategy
- positive aspects essays on construction and distribution and the several faculties and routine of Romantic Poetry
- Introduces modern contexts and views, in addition to the problems and debates that proceed to force scholarship within the box
- offers the main accomplished and compelling choice of essays on British Romantic poetry at the moment on hand.
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Samuel Johnson may indeed have been thinking of just this passage when he suspected aloud that the complaint that Pope’s poetry was “too uniformly musical” might be “cant,” and that the complainants would “even themselves have had less pleasure in his works, if he had tried to relieve attention by studied discords, or affected to break his lines and vary his pauses” (Johnson 2006: 4. 78–9). Dryden’s advantage over Pope consists, for Churchill, in his having more weak lines than the later poet. This provides a variety which is both refreshing in itself, and allows Dryden to suit register to topic.
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He was a very widely read poet whose literary-historical importance has been somewhat neglected (for a recent case for his importance, however, see Twombly 2005) because he does not fit any narrative of sensibility or pre-Romanticism. He best exemplifies the predicament of the coupletwriter after Pope. Churchill’s escape from Pope is a double maneuver. First, he intensifies a trope which was ubiquitous in earlier eighteenth-century verse and criticism: the attack on mere melodiousness of verse (for some examples, see Gildon 1718: 1.