The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose
Alan Rudrum, Joseph Black, Holly Faith Nelson
Broadview Press, Aug 11, 2000 - Literary Collections - 1336 pages
The publication of The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose is a literary event; this comprehensive volume is the first anthology of the period to reflect the breadth of seventeenth-century studies in recent decades. Over one hundred writers are included, from John Chamberlain at the beginning of the century to Elisabeth Singer Rowe at its end. There are generous selections from the work of all major writers, and a representation of the work of virtually every writer of significance. The work of women writers figures prominently, with extensive selections not only from canonical writers such as Behn and Bradstreet, but also from other writers (such as Katherine Philips and Margaret Cavendish) who have been receiving considerable scholarly attention in recent years.
The anthology is broadly inclusive, with writing from America as well as from the British Isles. Memoirs, letters, political texts, travel writing, prophetic literature, street ballads, and pamphlet literature are all here, as is a full representation of the literary poetry and prose of the period, including the poetry of Jonson; the prose of Bacon; the metaphysical poetry of Donne, Herbert, Marvell, and others; the lyric verse of Herrick; and substantial selections from the poetry and prose of Milton and Dryden. (While Samson Agonistes is included in its entirety, Milton’s epic poems have been excluded, in order to allow space for other works not so readily accessible elsewhere.)
The editors have included complete works wherever possible. A headnote by the editors introduces each author, and each selection has been newly annotated.
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Staunchly Royalist , Filmer was imprisoned by Parliament for at least some months in 1643 , and in the late 1640s he began to publish pro - monarchical and other pamphlets . In the early 1650s he published commentaries on the political ...
rad Milton not published a line of verse , he would still hold a place in the canon of seventeenth - century writing by virtue of his prose . Milton was a major prose writer and a formidable polemicist , in Latin as well as English .
In 1691 Locke moved to Essex to live in the home of Sir Francis and Lady Masham , where he continued to write and publish . An Essay Concerning Human Understanding was first published in 1690 , though Locke had begun writing it twenty ...
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