Complete Poems of William Barnes Volume I: Poems in the Broad Form of the Dorset Dialect

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  • Copyright: 2014-02-19
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This is the first volume of Oxford's three-volume edition of The Complete Poems of William Barnes. William Barnes (1801-1886) was an outstanding but undervalued dialect poet, and this will be first critical edition of his complete poems. Volume I provides the first critical edition of his Poems of Rural Life, in the Dorset Dialect (1844), which broke new ground by memorializing in print the speech of a rapidly disappearing rural culture. Unfortunately, that 1844 volume has never been reprinted. This is partly because Barnes was persuaded to make its constituent poems more accessible to metropolitan readers of subsequent editions by spelling Dorset words in ways that approximated more closely to standard English, and partly because most editors and anthologists have reprinted only those revised versions of 1844 poems which Barnes published in his 1879 (and final) collection of his dialect poems.

By restoring the integrity of Barnes's first volume, and investigating both its literary lineages and dialectological preoccupations, this annotated edition will enable readers to experience the initial products of those extraordinary years when Barnes was unwaveringly confident in the expressive adequacy of the Dorset dialect as a medium for poetry.
Much of the literary, historical, and topographical information here brought to bear on the 1844 volume is drawn from rarely cited regional publications as well as from Barnes's uncollected contributions to newspapers and journals. The Editors' Introduction, which describes the origins, nature, and reception of Barnes's inaugural volume, offers historical accounts of both the kinds of poetry it represents and the dialectological interests that underpin it.

This edition of Barnes's earliest poems in the Dorset dialect will prompt a reconsideration of their present status in the Victorian literary canon.

Author Biography

Tom Burton is a Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, where he has taught for many years. He was born in Barbados; grew up on a farm in Shropshire; studied English at the University of Bristol; and taught for three years in secondary schools in East Africa and England before going to Australia in the mid 1970s. He has edited a popular book of knowledge in 15th-century English verse for the Early English Text Society, and has written two books for the general public on changing English. He has given lectures and seminars on Barnes's poetry at many universities in the UK and USA and is a frequent speaker to literary societies, writing circles, U3A groups, and on radio. His William Barnes's Dialect Poems: A Pronunciation Guide was published in 2010.

K.K. Ruthven was educated at the University of Manchester, and became a Professor of English at the universities of Canterbury (New Zealand), Adelaide, and Melbourne. At Adelaide he edited Southern Review (1981-85), and at Melbourne a monograph series of introductions to recent theories and critical practices in the humanities and social sciences (19 vols, 1993-96). From 1983 until 2002, he was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, for which he organised a conference on new developments in the humanities, papers from which he edited as Beyond the Disciplines: The New Humanities (1992).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and maps
Dialect and Dialectologies
Dialect Poetry
The 1844 Volume
A Dissertation on the Dorset Dialect of the English Language (1844)
Poems in the 1844 Collection
The Spring
The Woodlands
Liady-Day an Ridden House
Easter Time
Dock Leaves
The Blackbird
Woodcom Feast
The Milk-Maid o' the Farm
The Girt Woak Tree That's in the Dell
Vellen the Tree
Bringen Oon Gwain o' Zundays
Evemen Twilight
Evemen in the Village
Bob the Fiddler
Hope in Spring
The White Road up Athirt the Hill
The Woody Holler
Jenny's Ribbons
Eclogue: The 'Lotments
Eclogue: A Bit o' Sly Coorten
Evemen, an' Maidens Out at Door
The Shepherd o' the Farm
Vields in the Light
Whitsuntide an' Club Wa'ken
The Brook that Runn'd by Gramfer's
Sleep did Come wi' the Dew
Sweet Music in the Wind
Uncle an' Ant
Haven Oon's Fortun A-Tuold
Jean's Wedden Dae in Marnen
Rivers Don't Gi'e Out
Miaken up a Miff
Eclogue: The Best Man in the Vield
Wher We Did Kip Our Flagon
Wik's End in Zummer, in the Wold Vo'ke's Time
The Mead A-Mow'd
The Sky A-Clearen
The Evemen Star o' Zummer
The Clote
I Got Two Viel's
Polly Be-en Upzides wi' Tom
Thatchen o' the Rick
Bees A-Zwarmen
Readen ov a Headstuone
Zummer Evemen Dance
Eclogue: Viairies
Carn A-Turnen Yoller
A-Halen Carn
Harvest Huome: The Vust Piart: The Supper
Harvest Huome: Second Piart: What Tha Done ?ter Supper
A Zong ov Harvest Huome
Poll's Jack Da
The Ivy
The Welshnut Tree
Jenny Out vrom Huome
Grenley Water
The Viary Veet That I Da Meet
Out A-Nutten
Tiaken in Apples
Miaple Leaves Be Yoller
The Weather-Beaten Tree
Shodon Fiair: The Vust Piart
Shodon Fiair: The Rest o't
Martin's Tide
Guy Faux's Night
Night A-Zetten In
Eclogue : The Common A-Took In
Eclogue : Two Farms in Oone
The Vrost
A Bit o' Fun
Fanny's Bethdae
What Dick an' I Done
Grammer's Shoes
Zunsheen in the Winter
The Weepen Liady
The Happy Daes When I Wer Young
In the Stillness o' the Night
The Settle an' the Girt Wood Vire
The Carter
Christmas Invitation
Keepen Up o' Chris'mas
Zitten Out the Wold Year
Woak Wer Good Enough Oonce
Miary-Ann's Chile
Eclogue: Faether Come Huome
Eclogue: A Ghost
Miscellaneous Pieces
A Zong
The Maid var My Bride
The Huomestead
The Farmer's Woldest Daeter
Uncle Out o' Debt an' Out o' Dannger
The Church an' Happy Zunday
The Wold Waggon
The Common A-Took In
A Wold Friend
The Ruose That Deck'd Her Breast
Nanny's Cow
The Shep'erd Buoy
Hope A-Left Behine
A Good Faether
The Beam in Grenley Church
The Vaices That Be Gone
Looks A-Know d'Avore
The Music o' the Dead
The Pliace a Tiale's A-Tuold o'
Ant's Tantrums
The Stuonen Puorch
Farmers' Sons
The Dree Woaks
The Huomestead A-Vell into Han
The D'rection Post
Jean o' Grenley Mill
The Bells of Alderburnham
The Girt Wold House o' Mossy Stuone
Eclogue: The Times
A Witch
Poems Not Included in the 1844 Collection
Eclogue: A Cousin Down vrom Lon'on
Eclogue: Emigration
Eclogue: The New Poor Laws
The Work Buoy o' the Farm
The Drove
Axen Maidens to Goo to Fiair
A Glossary of the Dorset Dialect of the English Language (1844; 1847)
Notes on the Dissertation
Notes on the Poems
Notes on the Glossary
1. Dissertation: additional variants in punctuation and spelling
2. Poems: additional variants in punctuation and spelling
3. Poems: variants found in doubtful manuscripts

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