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A Course of English Poetry

A Course of English Poetry


  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107536753

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  • Originally published in 1929, this book was written to provide younger readers with a broadly chronological course on English poetry, from Beowulf through to the early twentieth century. It was planned around the principle of combining the study of three elements normally given separate treatment in poetic analysis: form, spirit and history. The text is organised chronologically with each chapter containing examples of poetry from a specific era, textual commentary and exercises at the end. Detailed notes are incorporated throughout. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in English poetry, literary criticism and the history of education.

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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107536753
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 15 x 127 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Old English poetry: Beowulf and Grendel
    2. Chaucer: The Prologue
    3. Chaucer: two characters from The Prologue
    4. Ballads: (i) The twa sisters o' Binnorie, (ii) Sir Patrick Spens
    5. The Faerie Queene (Spenser)
    6. Dramatic poetry (1): Tamburlaine (Marlowe)
    7. Dramatic poetry (2): pictures from Shakespeare
    8. The lyric (1): (i) Songs from Shakespeare, (ii) The Nightingale (Barnfield)
    9. The lyric (2): (i) The Happy Life (Wotton), (ii) Thoughts in a Garden (Marvell)
    10. The poetry of the bible: (i) The wonder of creation (Job), (ii) The song of Zacharias (St Luke)
    11. John Milton: L'allegro
    12. Paradise Lost: (i) Descriptions of Hell, (ii) Scenes from Paradise
    13. The Restoration period: Absalom and Achitophel (Dryden)
    14. The Augustans: (i) The Iliad (Pope), (ii) The Rape of the Lock (Pope)
    15. The sonnet: twelve sonnets by various authors
    16. Transition: (i) Progress of Poesy (Gray), (ii) To evening (Collins), (iii) The Deserted Village (Goldsmith)
    17. The Romantic movement: (i) 'Three years she grew in sun and shower' (Wordsworth), (ii) The Reaper (Wordsworth), (iii) Simon Lee (Wordsworth), (iv) Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey (Wordsworth), (v) Kubla Khan (Coleridge)
    18. Shelley and Keats: (i) Lines from Endymion (Keats), (ii) On a Grecian Urn (Keats), (iii) La Belle Dame Sans Merci (Keats), (iv) To a Skylark (Shelley), (v) Love's Philosophy (Shelley), (vi) Ode to the West Wind (Shelley)
    19. The Victorians (1): (i) Locksley Hall (Tennyson), (ii) In Memoriam (Tennyson), (iii) The Scholar Gypsy (Arnold), (iv) Requiescat (Arnold)
    20. The Victorians (2): (i) The Mother Mourns (Hardy), (ii) Rabbi Ben Ezra (Browning), (iii) My Last Duchess (Browning), (iv) A Forsaken Garden (Swinburne)
    21. Modern poetry: (i) Days Too Short (W. H. Davies), (ii) The Mocking Fairy (W. De La Mare), (iii) The Lake Isle of Innisfree (W. B. Yeats), (iv) Laugh and Be Merry (J. Masefield), (v) For the Fallen (L. Binyon), (vi) Miss Thompson Goes Shopping (M. Armstrong), (vii) Margaritae Sorori (W. E. Henley), (viii) The Fifteen Acres (J. Stephens)
    (ix) Transformations (D. H. Lawrence), (x) I Love All Beauteous Things (R. Bridges)

  • Author

    J. H. Francis

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