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The History of Meter

Meredith Martin

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter sets out the book's historical and methodological framework. Despite the modernist characterization of Victorian tradition as unified and steadfast, the various approaches to Victorian ... More


Introduction: The Failure of Meter

Meredith Martin

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter sets out the book's focus, namely the historical moment when the concept of “English meter” seemed to stabilize. The main intervention of this book is to alter assumptions about English ... More


The Institution of Meter

Meredith Martin

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter begins with a discussion of metrical mastery, outlining the way that Robert Bridges's intervention in his best-selling treatise Milton's Prosody expanded and popularized the theories ... More


The Discipline of Meter

Meredith Martin

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks closely at the rise of state-funded English education to uncover the disciplinary role that poetry played. It shows how the naturalization of English “meter” was a crucial part of ... More


The Before- and Afterlife of Meter

Meredith Martin

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter turns once more to Robert Bridges, whose death in 1930 marks the end of the book. He did not believe that English meter could be adequately represented by only one system, nor did he ... More


The Stigma of Meter

Meredith Martin

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter resituates Gerard Manley Hopkins, whose name has become synonymous with metrical experiment, within the prosodic, philological, and theological debates of his time. His commitment to ... More


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

Meredith Martin

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

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 ... More


The Trauma of Meter

Meredith Martin

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter shows how metrical poetry was used as an allegory for order, and examines in particular the metrical cultures of the Craiglockhart War Hospital. Reading early psychological and ... More


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