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The Lyric Poem
Formations and Transformations


Marion Thain, David Lindley, Heather Dubrow, Thomas Healy, Nigel Smith, David Fairer, Marcus Walsh, David Duff, Peter Nicholls, Neil Roberts, Ian Patterson, Jonathan Culler
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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316619711

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  • As a study of lyric poetry, in English, from the early modern period to the present, this book explores one of the most ancient and significant art forms in Western culture as it emerges in its various modern incarnations. Combining a much-needed historicisation of the concept of lyric with an aesthetic and formal focus, this collaboration of period-specialists offers a new cross-historical approach. Through eleven chapters, spanning more than four centuries, the book provides readers with both a genealogical framework for the understanding of lyric poetry within any particular period, and a necessary context for more general discussion of the nature of genre.

    • Presents the idea of lyric poetry as historically situated and as an evolving and changing concept
    • Covers a broad historical time-span from the early modern period to the present
    • Engages with questions recently raised as to the historical character and nature of lyric poetry
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    '… a carefully crafted collection.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316619711
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Marion Thain
    1. 'Words for music, perhaps': early modern songs and lyric David Lindley
    2. Neither here nor there: deixis and the sixteenth-century sonnet Heather Dubrow
    3. 'Trewly wrote': manuscript, print and the lyric in the early seventeenth century Thomas Healy
    4. Lyric and the English revolution Nigel Smith
    5. Modulation and expression in the lyric ode, 1660–1750 David Fairer
    6. Eighteenth-century high lyric: William Collins and Christopher Smart Marcus Walsh
    7. The retuning of the sky: Romanticism and lyric David Duff
    8. Victorian lyric pathology and phenomenology Marion Thain
    9. Modernism and the limits of lyric Peter Nicholls
    10. The lyric 'I' in late-twentieth-century English poetry Neil Roberts
    11. No man is an I: recent developments in the lyric Ian Patterson
    Afterword Jonathan Culler.

  • Editor

    Marion Thain, University of Sheffield
    Marion Thain is Reader in English Literature and Culture at Sheffield University. She has published primarily on late-nineteenth-century poetry and poetics, and is author of 'Michael Field': Poetry, Aestheticism and the Fin de Siècle (Cambridge, 2007).


    Marion Thain, David Lindley, Heather Dubrow, Thomas Healy, Nigel Smith, David Fairer, Marcus Walsh, David Duff, Peter Nicholls, Neil Roberts, Ian Patterson, Jonathan Culler

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