Across the 19th century, meter mattered—in extra methods and to extra humans than we would good savor this day. For the period’s poets, metrical issues have been a resource of idea and infrequently vehement debate. And the numerous readers, lecturers, and students encountered meter and similar issues in either institutional and renowned forms.

the 10 essays in Meter Matters show off the diversity of metrical perform of poets from Wordsworth and Byron to Hopkins, Swinburne, and Tennyson; even as, the members convey into concentration the various metrical theorizing that formed poetic considering and responses to it in the course of the 19th century. Paying shut cognizance to the ancient contours of Romantic and Victorian meters, in addition to to the minute workings of the verse line, Meter Matters offers a clean point of view on an issue that figured considerably within the century’s literature, and in its culture.

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