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Besides critics proper, such as Bacon and Johnson, the following poets write on the principles of their own art: Sir Philip Sidney, Thomas Campion, Samuel Daniel, Ben Jonson, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Gray, Young. The present selection of the critical essays, beginning with Sidney's Apology for Poetry and closing with Warton's Preface to Milton's Minor Poems, follows the main movements and counter-movements of English critical thought from the Renaissance to the Revival of Romanticism.Keywords: Sir Philip Sidney Thomas Campion Minor Poems Ben Jonson Samuel Daniel Critical Essays Critical Thought Own Art Warton Romanticism Dryden Apology Preface Poets Revival Bacon Pope Renaissance

Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was Canada s leading literary critic and one of the world s leading theorists of society and the imagination. Among his twenty-three books, and more than three hundred articles and reviews, are classic studies such as "Fearful Symmetry", "Anatomy of Criticism", "The Great Code", and "Words With Power". --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 408 pages
  • Edmund D. Jones(Author)
  • Pomona Press (4 Nov. 2008)
  • English
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  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By Glynn Young on 30 May 2017

    In 1916, Oxford University Press published “English Critical Essays: Nineteenth Century,” selected and edited by Edmund Jones. It was volume 206 in “The World’s Classics.” This kind of series was once common, especially in the 19th and early 20th centuries in both Britain and North America. The rise of the middle class and the explosion in literacy fueled the printing of sets like “The World’s Greatest Literature,” “The World’s Greatest Speeches,” and similar works.These kinds of books were also used in high school and college classes. I’ve seen many of similar size and content that bear educational inscriptions. These works include essays, poetry, short stories, and sometime single works like a Shakespeare play.Jones (1869-1941) was known as something of a pioneering schoolmaster. He was born in Wales, and attended schools there, but went to Oxford for his M.A. degree, which he received in 1894. He was headmaster of the Barmouth Intermediate School from 1894 to 1931, when he retired. He edited a number of books for English grammar schools on art, poetry, this volume of nineteenth century essays, and another volume in the Oxford series on essays of the 1th, 17th, and 18th centuries. After his retirement, Jones was a Sunday School teacher – clearly, education was important to him, something to which he dedicated his entire life.This particular work was reprinted at least 10 times before the edition I have, published in 1943. And it was republished several times afterward. The last publication date I can find online is 1971 – so it was a book that had a pretty decent run from its original publication date.It’s a small book, some four by six inches. The critical essays Jones included are all about poetry, positioned in chronological order. The essayists include some of the most famous names in poetry, criticism, and political philosophy: William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, Charles Lamb, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Hazlitt, John Henry Cardinal Newman, Thomas Carlyle, Leigh Hunt, Matthew Arnold, John Ruskin, John Stuart Mill, and a few other British writers, and two Americans: Ralph Waldo Emerson (writing on Shakespeare) and James Russell Lowell (an essay on Wordsworth).Wordsworth writes on poetry and poetic diction. Coleridge writes a response to that essay and has one of his own, “Metrical Composition.” Shelley writes a defense of poetry (it needed defending back then, too), while Leigh Hunt attempts to define poetry. The other writers consider Shakespeare, Dante, Tennyson, Robert Browning, Coleridge, and what subjects were appropriate for poetic composition.Imagine telling a poet today that his or her subject is not appropriate for poetry.The essay I like best is by William Blake, “The Canterbury Pilgrims,” composed in 1809. It is an atmospheric and character study of Geoffrey Chaucer’s great poem and even a bit of Chaucer himself. Here’s a paragraph that gives an example of Blake’s prose style:“But I have omitted to speak of a very prominent character, the Pardoner, the Age’s Knave, who always commands and domineers over the high and low vulgar. This man is sent in every age for a rod and scourge, and for a blight, for a trial of men, to divide the classes of men; he is in the most holy sanctuary, and he is suffered by Providence for wise ends, and also has his great use, and his grand leading destiny.”“English Critical Essays: Nineteenth Century” is a small volume but it was used in classrooms for almost 60 years. It provided a critical look at poetry and its practitioners. It also provides a window on to a world long gone.


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