Synopses & Reviews
The seventeenth century saw some of the great achievements in the English language. Milton wrote Paradise Lost
, Donne composed his Metaphysical verse, and Shakespeare his late Romances, not to mention the work of Dryden, Marvell, Jonson, and many others. Now, this remarkable quantity of extraordinary literature has been brought together in one large volume, The New Oxford Book of Seventeenth-Century Verse
Like the previous edition, all of the best known works are present, but this new edition also responds to considerable changes in scholarship and perspective in recent years. Popular and minor poets take a place alongside their more well known peers. Alastair Fowler, the collection's distinguished editor, has also included a generous portion of poetry by women (virtually for the first time), as well as a sampling of American colonial verse.
In responding to new demands for inclusiveness, in striking a balance between Metaphysical and Jonsonian poetry, and in preserving the already recognized canonical works, The New Oxford Book of Seventeenth-Century Verse will be recognized as the finest collection of poetry from a century of exceptionally fine literature.
Reviews from previous edition: "The best thing about this stimulating and enjoyable book is the serendipity of coming across previously unknown delights."--The Economist
"Fowler has cast his net widely, more widely than his predecessors, and to good effect."--London Review of Books
"As a comprehensive anthology of 17th-century verse, this is without rival."--John R. Cooper, Portland State University
"Excellent representation. The selection of previously neglected authors, especially women, is a particular strength of this impressive collection."--Paul A. Parrish, Texas A&M University
"Well worth putting on your Christmas list, for the sake of the many fine and otherwise neglected poets he has chosen."--The Independent
"Fowler's edition is truly representative of the age. The great poets are justly given more space, but, at the same time, the reader can experience the breadth of subject and style and browse among some of the worthwhile but undervalued poets. Moreover, Fowler practices "positive discrimination" by omitting some minor male poets in order to include some equally good, but, up to now, largely forgotten female writers."--Seventeenth-Century News
"It is hard to imagine a more comprehensive one-volume selection at a more reasonable price. This book is a good buy, both for what it contains and for what it costs."--Robert C. Evans, Auburn University at Montgomery
This anthology includes generous selections from the work of all the century's major poets, notably Donne, Jonson, Milton, Drayton, Herbert, Marvell, and Dryden. It strikes a balance between Metaphysical wit and intellect and Jonsonian simplicity, while also accommodating hitherto neglected popular verse. The result is a truer, more catholic representation of seventeenth-century verse than any previous anthology.
About the Author
About the Editor:
Alastair Fowler is Professor of English at the University of Virginia, and author of History of English Literature.