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A history of English poetry

A history of English poetry

Author: William John Courthope
Publisher: New York ; London : Macmillan and Co., 1895-1910.
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Genre/Form: Literary criticism
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Critiques littéraires
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Courthope, William John, 1842-1917.
History of English poetry.
New York, London, Macmillan and Co., 1895-1910
Online version:
Courthope, William John, 1842-1917.
History of English poetry.
New York, London, Macmillan and Co., 1895-1910
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William John Courthope
OCLC Number: 562855
Description: 6 volumes : frontispieces (folded tables) ; 23 cm
Contents: v. I. The Middle Ages, Influence of the Roman Empire, the encyclopædic education of the church, the feudal system --
v. II. The Renaissance and the Reformation, influence of the court and the universities --
v. III. The intellectual conflict of the seventeenth century, decadent influence of the feudal monarchy growth of the national genius --
v. IV. Development and decline of the poetic drama, influence of the court and the people --
v. V. The constitutional compromise of the eighteenth century, effects of the classical renaissance, its zenith and decline, the early romantic renaissance --
v. VI. The romantic movement in English poetry, effects of the French Revolution. v. 1. Table of contemporary poets in England, France, and Italy --
The scope and nature of the subject --
The character and sources of Medieaval poetry --
The poetry of the Anglo-Saxons --
Anglo-Norman poetry and its influence on English verse --
The early Renaissance: its effects on literature in Italy, France, and England --
Langland --
Chaucer --
The Epical School of Chaucer: Gower, Lydgate, Occleve --
The progress of allegory in English poetry --
The rise of drama in England --
The decay of English minstrelsy --
A retrospect. v. 2. Table of contemporary European poets from 1450-1600 --
The intellectual conflict in Europe in the sixteenth century, the papacy, the empire, and the nation, Catholicism and chivalry, the Renaissance and the Reformation --
Sir Thomas Wyatt, originality of thought, imitation of foreign models of expression --
The Earl of Surrey, decay of chivalry, reform of poetical diction and versification --
Development of the idea of state in poetry, Sir David Lyndsay, The Mirror for Magistrates, Thomas Sackville --
Translation of the classics, Virgil, Seneca, Ovid --
The progress of the school of Surrey, Lord Vaux, Grimald, Googe, Turbervile, Churchyard, Gascoigne --
Court dialect, John Lyly --
Court romance, Sir Philip Sidney --
Court allegory, Edmund Spenser --
The growth of criticism and its effect on poetry, the poetical euphuists --
The evolution of the English poetical drama, The transition from pageant to theatre, from interlude to tragedy, comedy and history --
The infancy of the romantic drama, Green, Peele, Marlowe, Kyd. v. 3. English poetry after the Spanish Armada --
Spenser's succesors. Samuel Daniel ; Michael Drayton, William Browne ; Sir John Davies, Joseph Hall, John Marston --
The translators under Elizabeth and James I --
Nature and origin of poetical wit --
Schools of poetical wit under Elizabeth and James I. School of theological wit ; School of metaphysical wit ; School of court wit --
Schools of poetical wit in the reign of Charles I --
Cavalier and Roundhead --
The last days of poetical wit --
John Milton --
The versification, vocabulary, and syntax of Milton --
The Restoration. The poets of the court ; John Dryden and the satirists of the country party. v. 4. The epic and lyric elements in the early romantic drama --
The lyrical elements of Shakespeare's plays --
Shakespeare's early tragedies, influence of Marlowe --
Shakespeare's early comedies, influence of Lyly --
Shakespeare's later histories, romantic comedies, and tragi-comedies --
Shakespeare's later tragedies --
A survey of Shakespeare's dramatic development --
The dramatic taste of the city. Romance and morality, Munday, Heywood, Dekker, Middleton ; Romance and melodrama, Arden of Feversham, Chapman, Marston, Tourneur, and Webster --
Ben Johnson and the anti-romantic reaction --
The dramatic taste of the court, Beaumont and Fletcher, influence of the Spanish romance on the English poetic drama --
The last days of poetic drama, Massinger and Ford --
The closing of the theatres --
Dryden and the romantic drama after the restoration --
On the authenticity of some of the early plays assigned to Shakespeare, and their relationship to the development of his dramatic genius. v. 5. Effects of the classical Renaissance on modern European poetry --
The Whig victory, panegyrical poetry --
Whig and Tory, heroic, mock-heroic, didactic verse --
Reconstruction of the social standard of taste --
Development of the familiar style in English poetry --
Alexander Pope --
Development of the ethical school of Pope --
Decline of social and political satire --
Translations of the classics in the eighteenth century --
Philosophical English poetry in the eighteenth century, influence of Deism, nature-worship, liberty and the arts --
Religious lyrical poetry in the eighteenth century, influence of the Methodist movement --
The early romantic movement in English poetry --
The poetical drama in the eighteenth century --
A survey of English poetry in the eighteenth century. v. 6. The Holy Roman Empire, the Renaissance, the French Revolution --
Reciprocity of imaginative intercouse between England and teh continent during the eighteenth century --
Exhaustion of the classical influence in English poetry --
Democracy and lyric poetry, Scottish and English --
The New Whigs and their influence on poetry and criticism --
Anti-Jacobinism in English poetry --
The Lake School of English poetry and the French Revolution --
Romanticism in English Poetry. Byron ; Shelley ; Keats --
Anti-romanticism in English poetry, Crabbe --
The romance of history, modern minstrelsy, Scott --
The romance of history, the Waverley novels.
Responsibility: by W.J. Courthope.


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