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'I am inclined to think that we want new forms . . . as well as thoughts', confessed Elizabeth Barrett to Robert Browning in 1845. The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry provides a closely-read appreciation of the vibrancy and variety of Victorian poetic forms, and attends to poems as both shaped and shaping forces. The volume is divided into four main sections. The first section on 'Form' looks at a few central innovations and engagements--'Rhythm', 'Beat', 'Address', 'Rhyme', 'Diction', 'Syntax', and 'Story'. The second section, 'Literary Landscapes', examines the traditions and writers (from classical times to the present day) that influence and take their bearings from Victorian poets. The third section provides 'Readings' of twenty-three poets by concentrating on particular poems or collections of poems, offering focused, nuanced engagements with the pleasures and challenges offered by particular styles of thinking and writing. The final section, 'The Place of Poetry', conceives and explores 'place' in a range of ways in order to situate Victorian poetry within broader contexts and discussions: the places in which poems were encountered; the poetic representation and embodiment of various sites and spaces; the location of the 'Victorian' alongside other territories and nationalities; and debates about the place - and displacement - of poetry in Victorian society. This Handbook is designed to be not only an essential resource for those interested in Victorian poetry and poetics, but also a landmark publication--a provocative, seminal volume that will offer a lasting contribution to future studies in the area.
Matthew Bevis is a University Lecturer and Fellow in English at Keble College, Oxford. He is the author of The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce (OUP, 2007) and Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2012). He is the editor of Some Versions of Empson (OUP, 2007).
Table of Contents
Introduction, MatthewNBBevis Form 2.NBNBNBNBNBNB. Rhythm, Michael Hurley 3.NBNBNBNBNBNB. Beat, Derek Attridge 4.NBNBNBNBNBNB. Address, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst 5.NBNBNBNBNBNB. Rhyme, Matthew Campbell 6.NBNBNBNBNBNB. Diction, Garrett Stewart 7.NBNBNBNBNBNB. Syntax, Isobel Armstrong 8.NBNBNBNBNBNB. Story, Herbert Tucker Literary Landscapes 9.NBNBNBNBNBNB. Victorian Poetry and The Classics, Isobel Hurst 10.NBNBNBNB. Victorian Medievalisms, Matthew Townend 11.NBNBNBNB. Victorian Miltons, Erik Gray 12.NBNBNBNB. Victorian Shakespeares, Bharat Tandon 13.NBNBNBNB. The Romantic Bequest: Arnold and Others, Michael O Neill 14.NBNBNBNB. American Intersections: Poetry in the United States 1837-1901, Elisa New 15.NBNBNBNB. The Poetry of Modern Life: On the Pavement, Peter Robinson 16.NBNBNBNB. Modernist Victorianism, Adam Piette 17.NBNBNBNB. Dispatched Dark Regions Far Afield and Farther : Contemporary Poetry and Victorianism, David Wheatley Readings 18.NBNBNBNB. Rhyme, Rhythm, Violence: Elizabeth Barrett Browning on Slavery, Caroline Levine 19.NBNBNBNB. Tennyson: Echo and Harmony, Music, and Thought, Ruth Padel 20.NBNBNBNB. Browning's Balancing Acts, Ross Wilson 21.NBNBNBNB. Edward Lear and 'The fiddlediddlety of representation', Hugh Haughton 22.NBNBNBNB. Crime and Conjecture: Emily Bronte's PoemsNBNBNB, Michael Wood 23.NBNBNBNB. Arthur Hugh Clough: The Reception and Conception of Amours de Voyage, Adam Phillips 24.NBNBNBNB. Matthew Arnold, Out of TimeNBNBNB, Jane Wright 25.NBNBNBNB. Modern Men and Women: Meredith's challenge to Browning, Andrew Elfenbein 26.NBNBNBNB. Raising The Dead: Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Willowwood sonnetsNB, J. B. Bullen 27.NBNBNBNB. Christina Rossetti: Ravens, Cockatoos and Range, Constance Hassett 28.NBNBNBNB. William Barnes: Views of Field Labour in Poems of Modern Life, Marcus Waithe 29.NBNBNBNB. Dreaming Reality: The Poetry of William Morris, Clive Wilmer 30.NBNBNBNB. City of Pain: The Poetry of James Thomson, Mark Ford 31.NBNBNBNB. Augusta Webster: Time and The Lyric Ideal, Emily Harrington 32.NBNBNBNB. Swinburne: The Insuperable Sea, Simon Jarvis 33.NBNBNBNB. Hardy's Imperfections, Seamus PerryNBNB 34.NBNBNBNB. Hopkins's Beauty, Martin Dubois 35.NBNBNBNB. Michael Field (Katherine Bradley & Edith Cooper): Sight and Song and Significant Form, Linda K. Hughes 36.NBNBNBNB. Alice Meynell, Again and Again, Meredith Martin 37.NBNBNBNB. Housman's DifficultyNB, Janet Gezari 38.NBNBNBNB. Rudyard Kipling plays the Empire, Peter Howarth 39.NBNBNBNB. Victorian YeatsNB, Peter McDonald 40.NBNBNBNB. The Passion of Charlotte Mew, Tim Kendall NBThe Place of Poetry 41.NBNBNBNB. MarketplacesNBNBNB, Samantha MatthewsNB 42.NBNBNBNB. Inner Space: Bodies and MindsNBNBNB, Stephanie Kuduk Weiner 43.NBNBNBNB. Outer Space: Physical ScienceNBNBNB, Anna Henchman 44.NBNBNBNB. City and StreetNBNBNB, Rolf Lessenich 45.NBNBNBNB. In The Artist's StudioNBNBNB, Catherine Maxwell 46.NBNBNBNB. On Not Hearing: Victorian Poetry and MusicNBNBNB, Francis O GormanNBNB 47.NBNBNBNB. Church Going, Kirstie Blair 48.NBNBNBNB. Irish Poetry in the Victorian AgeNB, Justin Quinn 49.NBNBNBNB. Empire and Orientalisms, Joe Phelan 50.NBNBNBNB. Comic Verse, James Williams 51.NBNBNB. 'The song-bird whose name is Legion': Bad Verse and its Critics, Danny Karlin