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The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860--1930

Meredith Martin


Why do we often teach English poetic meter by the Greek terms iamb and trochee? How is our understanding of English meter influenced by the history of England's sense of itself in the nineteenth century? Not an old-fashioned approach to poetry, but a dynamic, contested, and inherently nontraditional field, “English meter” concerned issues of personal and national identity, class, education, patriotism, militarism, and the development of English literature as a discipline. This book tells the unknown story of English meter from the late eighteenth century until just after World War I. Uncoverin ... More

Keywords: English meter, poetic meter, Victorian England, English language, prose, poems, English literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152738
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meredith Martin, author
Princeton University