The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

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In the realms of poetry, the 16th century began with Skelton echoing Chaucer and ended with social satires in heroic couplets that anticipated Dryden and Pope. This volume explores the full richness and diversity of Tudor poetry, from pastorals to ballads, lyrics to grotesqueries. Emrys Jones has included material never previously anthologized, translations that amount to original poems in themselves, and the masterworks of the poets who made this one of the greatest periods in English literature: Wyatt, Spenser, Lyly, Sidney, Ralegh, Harington, Shakespeare, Campion, Nashe, Donne, Marston and more

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  • Paperback | 808 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 46mm | 539.77g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192829718
  • 9780192829719

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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

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"Astonishingly full collection. I appreciate the effort to include women....It's a great opportunity to have this kind of depth and breadth available."--David G. Brailow, Mckendree College"An excellent collection that makes the texts accessible and includes much more than just the court poetry of the 1580s."--Carolyn Asp, Marquette University"This is a marvelous approach to a delightfully disorderly body of verse."--Byron Nelson, West Virginia University"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 poetry. Such a work is The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse."--Times Literary Supplement"A distinguished, tough-minded, and endearing anthology."--Sixteenth Century Journalshow more

About Emrys Jones

About the Editor: Emrys Jones is Goldsmith's Professor of English Literature, Fellow of New College, more

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