Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

By 1993 there was enough work on Lear for Ann C. Colley to write her fine discursive conspectus of Lear criticism, Edward Lear and the Critics (1993), but it remains, nonetheless, a book of under 120 pages. This is not a comprehensive ...

Author: James Williams

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191081910

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

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Of all the Victorian poets, Edward Lear has a good claim to the widest audience: admired and championed by critics and poets from John Ruskin to John Ashbery, he has also been read, heard, and loved by generations of children. As a central figure in the literature of nonsense, Lear has also shaped the evolution of modern literature, and his work continues to influence and inspire writers and readers today. This collection of essays-the first ever devoted solely to Lear-builds on a recent resurgence of critical interest and asks how it is that the play of Lear's poetry continues to delight, and to challenge our sense of what poetry can be. These seventeen chapters, written by established and emerging critics of poetry, seek to explore and appreciate the playfulness embodied in the poems, and to provide contexts in which it can be better understood and enjoyed. They consider how Lear's poems play off various inheritances (the literary fool, Romantic lyric, his religious upbringing), explore particular forms in which his playful genius took flight (his letters, his queer writings about love), and trace lines of Learical influence and inheritance by showing how other poets and thinkers across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries played off Lear in their turn (Joyce, Stein, Eliot, Auden, Smith, Ashbery, and others).
Categories: Literary Criticism

Edward Lear

Edward Lear

Auden, W. H., (Edward Lear', in The Collected Poems, ed. Edward Mendelson (London: Faber and Faber, 2007), 183. Auden's famous sonnet on Lear, a piece of criticism in its own right. Barton, “Delirious Bulldogs and Nasty Crockery: ...

Author: James Williams


ISBN: 9780746312216

Category: English poetry

Page: 200

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"James Williams's account, the first book-length critical study of the poet since the 1980s, sets out to re-introduce Lear and to accord him his proper place: as a major Victorian figure of continuing appeal and relevance, and especially as a poet of beauty, comedy, and profound ingenuity"--
Categories: English poetry

Rhythms of Feeling in Edward Lear T S Eliot and Stevie Smith

Rhythms of Feeling in Edward Lear  T  S  Eliot  and Stevie Smith

Poetic Revelations : Words Made Flesh Made Word ( London : Routledge , 2017 ) Byrom , Thomas and Edward Lear ... Ann C. , Edward Lear and the Critics ( Literary Criticism in Perspective ) ( Columbia , SC : Camden House , 1993 ) Collins ...

Author: Jasmine Jagger

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198868804

Category: Affect (Psychology) in literature

Page: 262

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Rich with unpublished material and detailed insight, Rhythms of Feeling offers a new reading of three of the most celebrated poets: Edward Lear, T.S. Eliot, and Stevie Smith. Tracing exciting lines of interplay, affinity, and influence between these writers for the first time, the book shifts the terms of critical debate on Lear, Eliot, and Smith and subtly reorients the traditional account of the genealogies of Modernism. Going beyond a biographically-framed close reading or a more general analysis framed by affect theory, the volume traces these poets' 'affective rhythms' (fits, tears, nerves) to consider the way that poetics, the mental and physical process of writing and reading, and the ebbs and flows of their emotional weather might be in dialogue. Attentive, acute, and often forensic, the book broadens its reach to contemporary writers and medical accounts of creativity and cognition. Alongside deep critical study, this volume seeks to bring emotional intelligence to criticism, finding ways of speaking lucidly and humanely about emotional and physical states that defy lucidity and stretch our sense of the human.
Categories: Affect (Psychology) in literature

The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse

The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse

Edward Lear and the Critics (Columbia, SC, 1993). This has the fullest bibliography relating to Lear criticism. Copley, I. A., 'Edward Lear – Composer', Musical Opinion, 104: 1236 (October 1980), pp. 8–9, 12, 39. Davidson, Angus, Edward ...

Author: Edward Lear

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141921396

Category: Poetry

Page: 624

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'Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils', wrote Edward Lear (1812-88), and this collection demonstrates the wonderfully varied ways in which he pursued his philosophy of life. He created an extraordinary world filled with bizarre creatures - from the Dong with a luminous nose to the Pobble who has no toes - who misbehave with joyful abandon. Here can be found such exuberant and timeless verse as 'The Owl and the Pussy-cat', 'The Quangle Wangle's Hat' and numerous comic limericks, along with stories, letters, alphabets and recipes, all accompanied throughout with his fantastical line drawings. Gently pointing out human follies and the absurdities of the conventional Victorian society in which he lived, Lear's nonsense has enchanted children and adults alike for generations.
Categories: Poetry

Mr Lear

Mr Lear

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY For published works by Lear, manuscripts, articles and books on Lear and on nonsense see Marco ... the Select Bibliography in Play, 370–2; and for earlier criticism, Ann Colley, Edward Lear and the Critics (1993).

Author: Jenny Uglow

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571336586

Category: Architecture

Page: 608

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Edward Lear's poems follow and break the rules. They abide by the logic of syntax, the linking of rhyme and the dance of rhythm, and these 'nonsenses' are full of joy - yet set against darkness. Where do these human-like animals and birds and these odd adventures - some gentle, some violent, some musical, some wild - come from? His many drawings that accompany his verse are almost hyper-real, as if he wants to free the creatures from the page. They exist nowhere else in literature, springing only from Lear's imagination. Lear lived all his life on the borders of rules and structures, of disciplines and desires. He vowed to ignore politics yet trembled with passionate sympathies. He depended on patrons and moved in establishment circles, yet he never belonged among them and mocked imperial attitudes. He loved men yet dreamed of marriage - but remained, it seems, celibate, wrapped in himself. Even in his family he was marginal, at once accepted and rejected. Surrounded by friends, he was alone. If we follow him across land and sea - to Italy, Greece and Albania, to The Levant and Egypt and India - and to the borderlands of spirit and self, art and desire, can we see, in the end, if the nonsense makes sense? This is what Jenny Uglow has set sail to find out.
Categories: Architecture

Transatlantic Conversations

Transatlantic Conversations

The term “nonsense” in Lear's Book of Nonsense was understood mainly according to the widespread meaning of the word in the ... Colley, Ann C. Edward Lear and the Critics. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1993. Davidson, Angus. Edward Lear.

Author: Beth L. Lueck

Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press

ISBN: 9781512600285

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 346

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This unique interdisciplinary essay collection offers a fresh perspective on the active involvement of American women authors in the nineteenth-century transatlantic world. Internationally diverse contributors explore topics ranging from women's social and political mobility to their authorship and activism. While a number of essays focus on such well-known writers as Margaret Fuller, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Eliot, Louisa May Alcott, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, other, perhaps lesser-known authors are also included, such as E. D. E. N. Southworth, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Elizabeth Peabody, Jeannette Hart, and Laura Richards. These essays show the spectrum of interests and activities in which nineteenth-century women were involved as they moved, geographically and metaphorically, toward gaining their independence and the right to control their lives. Traveling far and wide - to Italy, France, Great Britain, and the Bahamas - these writers came into contact with realities far different from their own. On topics ranging from homeopathy and literary endeavors to politics and revolution, they conversed with others, reaching and inspiring transnational audiences with their words and deeds, and creating a space for self-expression in the rapidly changing transatlantic world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Inventing Edward Lear

Inventing Edward Lear

As early as 1894, the Globe commented, 'So little is known of the late Edward Lear, the nonsense laureate, that Sir Edward ... declared: Who is, or was, Edward Lear? may be the question asked by many artists and some art critics.

Author: Sara Lodge

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674971158

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 465

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Edward Lear—the father of nonsense—wrote some of the best-loved poems in English. He was also admired as a naturalist, landscape painter, travel writer, and composer. Awkward but funny, absurdly sympathetic, Lear invented himself as a Victorian character. Sara Lodge offers a moving account of one of the era’s most influential creative figures.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

British Children s Writers 1800 1880

British Children s Writers  1800 1880

Susan Chitty , That Singular Person Called Lear : A Biography of Edward Lear , Artist , Traveller and Prince of Nonsense ( New York : Atheneum , 1989 ) . and books in 1988 , the centennial of Lear's death , literary critics continue to ...

Author: Meena Khorana

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: STANFORD:36105018432976

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 428

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Like other volumes in the series, this work discusses the lives and careers of individual authors and summarizes critical responses to their work, from initial publication to 1995. Each entry includes a complete list of the author's works.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson s Circle

Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson s Circle

For one of the best overviews of Lear's nonsense verse,see Ina Rae Hark,Edward Lear (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982). Seealso Jackie Wullschläger, Inventing ... Colley, Edward Learandthe Critics (Columbia, SC:Camden House,1993),pp.

Author: C. Boyce

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137007940

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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Tennyson experienced at first hand the all-pervasive nature of celebrity culture. It caused him to retreat from the eyes of the world. This book delineates Tennyson's reluctant celebrity and its effects on his writings, on his coterie of famous and notable friends and on the ever-expanding, media-led circle of Tennyson's admirers.
Categories: Literary Criticism

King of Critics

 King of Critics

George Saintsbury, 1845-1933, Critic, Journalist, Historian, Professor Dorothy Richardson Jones ... He once cited Charles S. Calverley , Lewis Carroll , and W. S. Gilbert ( he omitted Edward Lear and added Traill ) as the expression of ...

Author: Dorothy Richardson Jones

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472103164

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 410

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An early advocate of art for art's sake, George Saintsbury became, for the English reader of the 1880s, the interpreter of all French literature, and later, a pioneer in comparative literature and historian of English prosody and prose rhythm. His early years at Oxford shaped his literary attitudes for life. After a decade as a schoolmaster, he was for many years a leading London journalist, then professor of English at the University of Edinburgh. Eighteen more years saw a steady flow of prefaces and essays and a history of the French novel. In "King of Critics" one meets a man of myriad literary tastes who wished to know the whole history of European literature and share it all with readers. He loved equally the purest lyrics of Shelley and the complexity of Donne, the richness of Rabelais, the panorama of Scott and medieval romance, and the profound depths of irony in Swift and Ecclesiastes, and always urged upon the reader the joys of minor writers. "King of Critics" is a fascinating study not only of Saintsbury, but of the literary world of Victorian-Edwardian England. It will appeal to a wide variety of readers, particularly those interested in biography and literary history and criticism.
Categories: Literary Criticism