Description - The Realms of Verse 1830-1870 by Matthew Reynolds
'Reynolds reads with penetrating freshness in the intricate verbal patterns of the poetry. Realms of Verse is an important contribution to the close scrutiny of mid-nineteenth century poetry.' -Review of English Studies
'This is an important book, and has much to say to a contemporary critical readership still hooked on a relentlessly politicized poetics.' -Notes and Queries
'Through meticulous and engaging close-readings, Reynolds offers excellent insights into the significance of contrasting poetic textures and techniques.' -English Historical Review
'Attentive deftness alone makes the book worth reading.' -The Tennyson Research Bulletin
'The core of Matthew Reynold's book is a series of close readings of major poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arthur Hugh Clough, Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson. These readings are often brilliant - the closer the better. On metre, rhyme, enjambment, turn of phrase, Reynolds is acute and persuasive. The best critics, like the best poets (in Browning's words) 'impart the gift of seeing to the rest'. Reynolds has this gift of seeing and imparting.' -Daniel Karlin, Times Literary SupplementRobert and Elizabeth Browning, Tennyson, and Clough lived and wrote in a time of 'nation-building'. The Realms of Verse brings this political and intellectual context to life, and traces its influence on the narratives, language, and form of their poetry. Theoretically astute and stylishly written, the book will be essential reading for scholars, students, and anyone interested in Victorian literature.
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