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The Daring Muse : Augustan Poetry Reconsidered - Margaret Anne Doody

The Daring Muse

Augustan Poetry Reconsidered

Paperback Published: 2nd September 1985
ISBN: 9780521277235
Number Of Pages: 308

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The Daring Muse is a challenging account of the richness and complexity of Augustan poetry. It takes in a broad range of writers from the Restoration to the Regency, from Rochester and Dryden to Cowper and Crabbe, and shows the essential connections between them. Augustan poetry has too often been thought of as uniform, staidly classical, even dull. Margaret Doody explodes this myth once and for all. She shows it to be poetry of great energy and diversity: of extravagant conceits, subversive parody, incessant stylistic and formal experimentation; a self-consciously innovative poetry that sought to express and extend the perpetual, restless activity of the human mind. Both the principles and techniques of the verse are related to similar elements in the novels of the period; the book's numerous illustrations help to show how the poems were presented and interpreted in their own time.

List of illustrations
A note on editions
Preface
Introduction
Appetite, imperialism and the fair variety of things
Some origins of Augustan practice: Civil War verse and its implications
Generic self-sconsciousness: from closed to open forms
The new Augustans and the Roman poets
Charivari and metamorphosis
Metamorphosis, pleasure and pain: the threat of the end
Character, style, language: the two voices of Augustan poems
Augustan voice and Augustan verse
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521277235
ISBN-10: 052127723X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 2nd September 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.46