English Lyric Poetry is a comprehensive reassessment of lyric poetry of the early seventeenth century. The study is directed at both beginning and more advanced students of literature, and responds to more specialised scholarly inquiries pursued of late in relation to specific poets.
This extremely lucid and elegantly written book avoids the limitations of much recent criticism. Donne, Jonson, the Spenserians, Herbert, Milton, Marvell, Vaughan, as well as many non-canonical and women poets, all receive sustained, fresh, and detailed analysis. Jonathan Post seeks to assimilate many of the post-New Critical theoretical concerns with readings of the major and minor, male and female, authors of the period.
'…assimilates an impressive range of critical approaches in a remarkably clear and forthright style that is admirably free of jargon.' - The Review of English Studies
'urge those who commonly teach courses on seventeenth-century poetry to read this book for an intelligent overview of the subject' - Graham Parry, University of York