1st Edition

Nineteenth-Century Poetry Criticism and Debates

Edited By Jonathan Herapath, Emma Mason Copyright 2016
    486 Pages
    by Routledge

    486 Pages
    by Routledge

    This engaging volume provides readers with the essential criticism on nineteenth-century poetry, organised around key areas of debate in the field. The critical texts included in this volume reflect both a traditional and modern emphasis on the study of poetry in the long nineteenth century. These are then tied up by a newly written essay summarising the ideas and encouraging further study and debate.

    The book includes:

    • sections on Periodization; ‘What is Poetry?’; Politics; Prosody; Forms; Emotion, feeling, affect; Religion; Sexuality; and Science
    • work by writers such as William Wordsworth, S. T. Coleridge, Percy Shelley, Christina Rossetti, Matthew Arnold and Gerard Manley Hopkins
    • critics and historians including Isobel Armstrong, Richard Cronin, Jason Rudy, Joseph Bristow and Gillian Beer
    • Detailed introductions and critical commentary by Francis O’Gorman, Rosie Miles, Stefano Evangelisto, Natalie Hoffman, Martin Dubois, Gregory Tate

    Providing both the essential criticism along with clear introductions and analysis, this book is the perfect guide to students who wish to engage in the exciting criticism and debates of nineteenth-century poetry.

    Introduction, Emma Mason

    Part 1: Periodization

    Introduction, Francis O’Gorman

    1. Preface to Poems, Matthew Arnold

    2. Romanticism as a "Modern Tradition", Robert Langbaum

    3. Poetry and its Times, Matthew Reynolds

    4. Rhythm and Will, Matthew Campbell

    5. E. C. Stedman and the Invention of Victorian Poetry, Michael C. Cohen

    Part 2: ‘What is poetry?’

    Introduction, Rosie Miles

    6. A Defence of Poetry, P. B. Shelley

    7. What is poetry?, J. S. Mill

    8. Introduction, Eric Griffiths

    9. What kind of a critical category is "women’s poetry"?, Marion Thain

    10. Female Picturesque and Colonial Settings in the Gift Books, Serena Baiesi

    Part 3: Politics

    Introduction, Ankhi Mukherjee

    11. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Angela Leighton

    12. Introduction, Isobel Armstrong

    13. Introduction, Mike Sanders

    14. Introduction, Matthew Bevis

    15. Introduction, Mary Ellis Gibson

    Part 4: Prosody

    Introduction, Natalie Hoffman

    16. XVIII: Language of Metrical Composition, S. T. Coleridge

    17. English Metrical Law, Coventry Patmore

    18. Investigation of Sound as Artistic Material, Sidney Lanier

    19. Prosody Wars, Meredith Martin

    20. Rhyme's End, Adela Pinch

    Part 5: Forms

    Introduction, Martin Dubois

    21. Poetics, E. S. Dallas

    22. Ancient or Modern, Ancient and Modern, J. R. Watson

    23. Introduction, Herbert Tucker

    24. The Sonnet and the Lyric Sequence, Joseph Phelan

    25. The Divided Self and the Dramatic Monologue, Richard Cronin

    Part 6: Emotion, feeling, affect

    Introduction: Emma Mason

    26. Preface to the Lyrical Ballads, William Wordsworth

    27. Lecture 1, John Keble

    28. The role and treatment of emotion in Victorian criticism of poetry, Isobel Armstrong

    29. Coleridge to Wilde, Adam Potkay

    30. Soul: Inside Hopkins, William Cohen

    Part 7: Religion

    Introduction: Jonathan Herapath

    31. Tracts 80 and 87: On Reserve, Isaac Williams

    32. The Face of the Deep, Christina Rossetti

    33. Hopkins, J. Hillis Miller

    34. Robert Browning’s Sacred and Legendary Art, Charles LaPorte

    35. Introduction, Kirstie Blair

    Part 8: Sexuality

    Introduction, Stefano Evangelisto

    36. The Poetry of Sorrow, Manley Hopkins

    37. The Fleshly School of Poetry, Robert Buchanan

    38. Sexual Inversion: Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Havelock Ellis

    39. Wilde’s fatal effeminacy, Joseph Bristow

    40. Introduction, Yopie Prins

    Part 9. Science

    Introduction, Gregory Tate

    41. Science Versus Poetry, William Chambers and Robert Chambers

    42. Thoughts on a Pebble, or a First Lesson in Geology, G. A. Mantell

    43. Helmholtz, Tyndall, Gerard Manley Hopkins: Leaps of the Prepared Imagination, Gillian Beer

    44. Introduction, Jason Rudy

    45. Poetry and Science & Nature as Culture, Culture as Society, Ashton Nichols


    Jonathan Herapath is College Chaplain and Tutor in English on the Sarah Lawrence Programme at Wadham College, Oxford, UK.

    Emma Mason is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.