Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology

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David Fairer, Christine Gerrard
Wiley, Feb 13, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 592 pages
The second edition of this popular anthology reveals the rich variety of poetry produced in the period 1700-1800.

  • New edition of this popular anthology of eighteenth-century poetry.
  • Reveals the rich variety of poetry produced in this period.
  • Traditionally prominent authors, such as Pope, Swift, Burns and Cowper, are represented alongside lesser-known writers, particularly women.
  • For the second edition, the political and satirical content of the anthology has been strengthened with the inclusion of poems such as Charles Churchill’s Night, Samuel Johnson’s London and Swift’s A Satirical Elegy on a Late Famous General.
  • The revised edition includes material by two new women poets, Martha Sansom and Sarah Dixon.
  • The editors continue to draw out interesting links between poems, and especially between male and female poets.

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About the author (2004)

David Fairer is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Pope’s Imagination (1984), The Poetry of Alexander Pope (1989) and English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century (2003). He is the editor of Pope: New Contexts (1990) and The Correspondence of Thomas Warton (1995).

Christine Gerrard is a Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is the author of The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725–1742 (1994) and Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750 (2003).

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