The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

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The sixteenth century has long been acknowledged the 'Golden Age' of English verse - with such names as Shakespeare, Donne, and Spenser to its credit it could hardly be otherwise. Yet this anthology, which includes both undisputed masterpieces and achievements in hitherto neglected fields, is the first to reveal the full range and diversity of the century's poetic riches. What emerges is the most complete picture available of the poetic vitality of the sixteenth more

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  • Paperback | 816 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 45.72mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192801953
  • 9780192801951
  • 1,641,380

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Not since the Norman Conquest had there been such a social and artistic upheaval in England as during the 16th century. Renaissance ideals replaced late-Medieval ones, Protestantism replaced Catholicism, feudalism was replaced by early capitalism. But some anthologies of this period give the impression that poets wrote about little else than love - and a peculiarly exalted, literary kind of love at that. This collection gives a better view. It contains everything one might expect from the likes of Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, and Donne, but also a whole lesser-known body of work from perhaps one of the richest periods of English poetry. To appreciate that wealth to the full, look no further than this superb anthology. No such book can be definitive, but this must come close. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Emrys Jones

Emrys Jones is Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of New College. His publications include 'Scenic Form in Shakespeare' (1971) and 'The Origins of Shakespeare' (1977).show more

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Reviews from previous edition: "This magnificent, heartening book... In handing the whole poetry of the past back to the range of people who wrote it, Jones has passed it forward to us."--Andrew Motion, Observer"For general and specialist readers-- and also for poets--there are things in these 700 and more pages of verse that will quicken the pulses, as they bring home a sense of the immense resources and variety of our poetic inheritance."--Charles Tomlinson, Independent"Every now and again, an anthology is published which is also a real book. That is, the editor's selection shows us new ways of reading a poetry. Such a work is The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse, edited by Emrys Jones: it is like a first-class history, only better because it consists of all the data, and we draw the conclusions for ourselves. This is a volume, then, that being both inclusive and interpretive may be read for pleasure or required as a textbook. And such are its virtues that it might well be used as a handbook in styles by the beginning poet."--Times Literary Supplement"Quite splendid, a veritable treasure house... this New Oxford Book of 16th-Century Verse is to be resoundingly recommended."--London Review of Booksshow more

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