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The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick: Volume II (Hardback)
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The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick: Volume II (Hardback)

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Hardback 826 Pages / Published: 21/11/2013
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Robert Herrick has long been one of the best loved of English lyric poets. Known through the centuries as the author of 'Gather ye rosebuds', he also wrote, as this new edition shows, hundreds of songs, epigrams and longer poems equally worthy of attention. Volume I of this new edition of Herrick's work contains Hesperides, Herrick's only published collection. As well as the commentary on Hesperides, volume II contains the fifty-nine surviving manuscript poems which can be firmly attributed to Herrick, and on which his reputation was based before 1648. It is an ambitious and original attempt to recover for the first time the history of Herrick's corpus of manuscript poetry, and to identify how his poems circulated, and who his copyists and readers were. By establishing the type of sources to which they had access and the nature and quality of the poems these sources contained, and through the histories of transmission that accompany every poem, this volume offers a significant body of evidence that deepens our critical understanding not only of Herrick's poetry, but of the mechanics of scribal publication and the culture of reading, writing and performing poetry and music in early modern England. Where, as is often the case, a musical setting survives this is also printed, along with a commentary on the setting, in a form which is designed to encourage the performance of the lyrics.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199212859
Number of pages: 826
Weight: 1378 g
Dimensions: 239 x 162 x 54 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Cain and Connolly's edition is remarkable ... [it] is bound to become the best guide to Herrick's verse. It deserves also to be regarded as one of the best sources of information about earlier 17th-century poetry. * Colin Burrow, London Review of Books *
This major new edition of the poetry of Robert Herrick is a triumph ... the editors have produced a handsome publication befitting the increasingly vibrant and detailed scholarship surrounding the work of one of the masters of the English lyric poem ... Cain and Connolly's new edition accords with its subject perfectly. While the two volumes are weighty, their immense scholarship is lightly worn. * Patrick J Murray, The Review of English Studies *
The Cain and Connolly Complete Poetry is a fine thing, full of interest and unostentatious excellence, humane and generous in its sympathies while at the same time being ambitious and exacting in its scholarship. Herrick has been lucky in his editors. * Tom Lockwood, The Seventeenth Century *
this new edition of Herricks Works is a monumental enterprise, brilliantly carried off. * Graham Parry, Spenser Review *

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