Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century

Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century

by Jason David Hall

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Across the nineteenth century, meter mattered—in more ways and to more people than we might well appreciate today. For the period’s poets, metrical matters were a source of inspiration and often vehement debate. And the many readers, teachers, and pupils encountered meter and related topics in both institutional and popular forms.

The ten essays in Meter Matters showcase the range of metrical practice of poets from Wordsworth and Byron to Hopkins, Swinburne, and Tennyson; at the same time, the contributors bring into focus some of the metrical theorizing that shaped poetic thinking and responses to it throughout the nineteenth century. Paying close attention to the historical contours of Romantic and Victorian meters, as well as to the minute workings of the verse line, Meter Matters presents a fresh perspective on a subject that figured significantly in the century’s literature, and in its culture.

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ISBN-13: 9780821444016
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jason David Hall is a lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of Seamus Heaney’s Rhythmic Contract and editor, with Ashby Bland Crowder, of Seamus Heaney: Poet, Critic, Translator. 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
• List of Illustrations
• Preface
• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
A Great Multiplication of Meters
Jason David Hall
• One: Meter and Meaning
Isobel Armstrong
• Two: Romantic Measures
Stressing the Sound of Sound
Susan J. Wolfson
• Three: Byron’s Feet
Matthew Bevis
• Four: “Break, Break, Break” into Song
Yopie Prins
• Five: Material Patmore
Jason R. Rudy
• Six: “For the Inscape ’s Sake”
Sounding the Self in the Meters of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Summer J. Star
• Seven: “But the Law Must Itself Be Poetic”
Swinburne, Omond, and the New Prosody
Yisrael Levin
• Eight: Popular Ballads
Rhythmic Remediations in the Nineteenth Century
Michael Cohen
• Nine: Blank Verse and the Expansion of England
The Meter of Tennyson’s Demeter
cornelia Pearsall
• Ten: Prosody Wars
Meredith Martin
• Select Bibliography
• Notes
• Contributors
• Index

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