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Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century
edited by Jason David Hall
Ohio University Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4401-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-1968-7
Library of Congress Classification PE1505.M485 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 821.809

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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