Category «British Irish Poetry»

The Religion of Empire: Political Theology in Blake’s by G. A. Rosso

By G. A. Rosso

The faith of Empire: Political Theology in Blake’s Prophetic Symbolism is the 1st full-length learn dedicated to examining Blake’s 3 lengthy poems, displaying the ways that the Bible, delusion, and politics merge in his prophetic symbolism. during this booklet, G. A. Rosso examines the topics of empire and faith in the course of the lens of 1 of Blake’s such a lot special and complicated pictures, Rahab, a determine that anchors an account of the advance of Blake’s political theology within the latter half his profession. in the course of the Rahab determine, Rosso argues, Blake interweaves the histories of faith and empire in a wide-ranging assault at the conceptual bases of British globalism within the lengthy eighteenth century. This method unearths the enormous power that the query of faith bargains to a reconsideration of Blake’s angle to empire.

The faith of Empire additionally reevaluates Blake’s dating with Milton, whose effect Blake either affirms and contests in a special appropriation of Milton’s prophetic legacy. during this context, Rosso demanding situations contemporary perspectives of Blake as complicit with the nationalism and sexism of his time, increasing the religion-empire nexus to incorporate Blake’s esoteric realizing of gender. Foregrounding the function of woman characters within the longer prophecies, Rosso discloses the variegated and revolutionary nature of Blake’s apocalyptic humanism.


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A George Herbert Companion (Routledge Revivals) by Robert H. Ray

By Robert H. Ray

First released in 1995, this name offers the reader with a compendium of important info for any reader of George Herbert to have to hand. It comprises key biographical info, situates the poetry in its old and cultural context, and, the place applicable, explains theological ideas and traditions that have an immediate relating the verse. the purpose all through is to augment knowing and appreciation, with out being exhaustive.

A George Herbert better half will be of such a lot use to common readers and undergraduate scholars coming to this poetry for the 1st time, and should curiosity scholars of Anglican Caroline theology and hymnology.

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Milton and the Manuscript of De Doctrina Christiana by Gordon Campbell,Thomas N. Corns,John K. Hale,Fiona J.

By Gordon Campbell,Thomas N. Corns,John K. Hale,Fiona J. Tweedie

Debate in regards to the authorship of the manuscript recognized to us as De Doctrina Christiana has bedeviled Milton reports over fresh years. during this publication 4 top students provide an account of the study undertaking that proven its Miltonic provenance past average doubt. however the authors do even more along with, finding Milton's systematic theology in its broader ecu context, opting for open the levels and approaches of its composition, and examining its Latinity.

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Halcyon Ghosts by Sam Sampson

By Sam Sampson

Halcyon Ghosts offers 13 poems, 13 shapes of realizing - from the cinematic reel 'The Kid', splicing stills of the poet's grandmother and Charlie Chaplin, to the re-verse soundings of 'Six Reels of Joy', celebrating the delivery of the poet's daughter. The name poem monitors a ghostly counterpoint of birds and phrases in flight; strikethrough poems are threaded via with runes of truth and fiction. Language, Sampson demonstrates, is as specific and transitory because the patterning of the flora and fauna. Poems layer, hyperlink and holiday aside, sampling and echoing different texts - even if the eternal cataracts of Keats and Dylan Thomas or reportage gleaned from territorial newspapers of the previous West. Halcyon Ghosts is a profoundly philosophical and private assortment, an assemblage of unearthed vestiges, a quintessence - the place names displaced through gentle, are darkish yet no longer misplaced . . . . Ever-changing, language spills its story.

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Masculinity, Gender and Identity in the English Renaissance by Catherine Bates

By Catherine Bates

In early smooth lyric poetry, the male poet or lover usually looks no longer as strong and masterly yet fairly as damaged, abject, and female. Catherine Bates examines the cultural and literary ideas in the back of this illustration and uncovers substantially substitute versions of masculinity within the lyric culture of the Renaissance. targeting Sidney, Ralegh, Shakespeare, and Donne, she deals astute readings of a variety of texts – a sonnet series, a blazon, an elegy, a grievance, and an epistle. She exhibits how current severe ways have an excessive amount of invested within the determine of the authoritative male author in an effort to do justice to the really radical nature of those substitute masculinities. Taking course from psychoanalytic theories of gender formation, Bates develops severe thoughts that give the opportunity to appreciate and have fun with what's surely progressive approximately those texts and concerning the English Renaissance lyric culture at large.

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The Blank-Verse Tradition from Milton to Stevens: by Henry Weinfield

By Henry Weinfield

clean verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter, has been critical to English poetry because the Renaissance. it's the uncomplicated motor vehicle of Shakespeare's performs and the shape during which Milton selected to put in writing Paradise misplaced. Milton linked it with freedom, and the Romantics, connecting it in flip with freethinking, used it to discover swap and confront modernity, occasionally in suddenly radical methods. Henry Weinfield's specified readings of the masterpieces of English clean verse specialize in Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson and Stevens. He strains the philosophical and mental struggles underlying those poets' number of shape and style, and the level to which their paintings is marked, consciously or no longer, by way of the impression of different poets. surprisingly attuned to echoes among poems, this learn sheds new gentle on how very important poetic texts, such a lot of that are principal to the literary canon, spread as works of art.

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Exemplary Spenser: Visual and Poetic Pedagogy in The Faerie by Jane Grogan

By Jane Grogan

Exemplary Spenser analyses the didactic poetics of The Faerie Queene, renewing consciousness to its avowed try and "fashion a gentleman or noble individual in vertuous and mild self-discipline" and studying how Spenser mobilises his pedagogic matters during the examining event of the poem. Grogan's research exhibits how Spenser transacts the general public lifetime of the state heuristically, prompting a reflective examining adventure that compels engagement with different readers, different texts and different political groups. Negotiating among competing pedagogical traditions, she indicates how Spenser's epic demanding situations the extra conservative winning impulses of humanist pedagogy to espouse an intensive didacticism able to inventing a extra lively and liable reader. To this finish, Grogan examines a large choice of Spenser's concepts and resources, together with Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy and the robust visually-couched epistemological paradigms of early glossy tradition, ekphrasis between them. Importantly, Grogan examines how Spenser's didactic poetics used to be crucially formed by means of readings of the Greek historian Xenophon's Cyropaedia, a textual content and impression formerly ignored via critics. Grogan concludes by means of interpreting the final ebook of The Faerie Queene, the Legend of Courtesy, as an try and reconcile his personal didactic assets and poetics with the newer tastes of his contemporaries for a courtesy idea much less occupied with "vertuous and mild discipline". Returning to the early glossy analyzing adventure, Grogan indicates the subtle intertextual dexterity that is going into interpreting Spenser, the place Spenserian pedagogy lies now not easily within the textual physique of the poem, but additionally within the act of studying it.

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Christopher Smart and Satire: 'Mary Midnight' and the by Min Wild

By Min Wild

Christopher shrewdpermanent and Satire explores the energetic and idiosyncratic international of satire within the eighteenth-century periodical, concentrating on the best way that writers followed personae to interact with debates happening throughout the British Enlightenment. Taking Christopher Smart's audacious and hitherto underexplored Midwife, or outdated Woman's journal (1750-1753) as her basic resource, Min Wild offers a wealthy exam of the prizewinning Cambridge poet's adoption of the weird, sardonic 'Mary hour of darkness' as his alter-ego. Her research presents insights into the tough place during which eighteenth-century writers have been positioned, as rules concerning the nature and features of authorship have been progressively being reworked. whilst, Wild additionally demonstrates that Smart's use of 'Mary nighttime' is a part of a practice of discovered wit, having a longtime background and characterised via identifiable satirical and rhetorical suggestions. Wild's engagement along with her exuberant resource fabrics establishes the ability and ingenuity of Smart's frequently undervalued, multilayered prose satire. As she explores Smart's use of a mainly lady voice, Wild deals us an image of an inventive and ribald wit whose satirical assessment of society explores, overturns, and anatomises questions of gender, politics, and clinical and literary endeavors.

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Playing the Canterbury Tales: The Continuations and by Andrew Higl

By Andrew Higl

enjoying the Canterbury stories addresses the additions, continuations, and reordering of the Canterbury stories present in the manuscripts and early published versions of the stories. Many smooth variations current a selected set of stories in a particular order, and infrequently pass over a complete corpus of continuations and additions. Andrew Higl makes a case for realizing the additions and alterations to Chaucer's unique open and fragmented paintings by means of taking into consideration them as targeted interactive strikes in a online game just like the storytelling online game the pilgrims play. utilizing examples and theories from new media stories, Higl demonstrates that the stories are most sensible seen as an "interactive fiction," reshaped via lively readers. Readers participated within the ongoing production and creation of the stories by means of including new textual content and rearranging present textual content, and during this textual transmission, they brought new social and literary desiring to the paintings. This theoretical version and the limits among the canonical and apocryphal texts are explored in six case stories: the spurious prologues of the spouse of Bath's story, John Lydgate's effect at the stories, the Northumberland manuscript, the ploughman personality, and the Cook's story. The Canterbury stories are a extra dynamic and volatile literary paintings than frequently encountered in a contemporary serious edition.

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Careless Rambles by John Clare: A Selection of His Poems by John Clare,Tom Pohrt,Robert Hass

By John Clare,Tom Pohrt,Robert Hass

Born in 1793, John Clare lived and labored through the Golden Age of British poetry, the time of Shelley, Byron, Keats, and Coleridge. within the grand culture of English nature writing, he stands along Wordsworth as a poet of remarkable humanity and nice spirit. Clare used to be 18 years previous whilst the 1st Luddite riots happened. He was once deeply proof against the 1st years of England's Enclosure, and he bargains a contemporaneous examine what the realm was once like for these being affected by the effect of the 1st commercial Revolution. Uneducated yet remarkably good learn, Clare was once in brief celebrated in London, basically to spend his ultimate years in a lunatic asylum. He died in a single on may possibly 20, 1864, nearly precisely twelve months sooner than William Butler Yeats used to be born and the area set out at the route to Modernism.

As James Reeves, an early critic and admirer, has stated, "The lifestyles of Clare the poet is, after all, a miracle . . . this can be its most useful present. Clare was once a cheerful poet; there's extra happiness in his poetry than in that of so much others. This was once no mere animal contentment of physique and senses, yet a quiet ecstasy and inward rapture. Such happiness isn't available other than at a price."

Tom Pohrt's drawings and watercolors were broadly well-liked. There are few alive whose sensibility extra adequately fits Clare's—it's as though Samuel Palmer had taken the fee to demonstrate a range of the peasant poet. Pohrt has himself made the choice of poems from the mammoth volume that survived Clare's chaotic lifestyles. Robert Hass joins the venture to put Clare's paintings within the higher context of nature poetry within the West. the result's a booklet guaranteed to please those that be aware of already of Clare's superb poems and people for whom this e-book can be their fascinating introduction.

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