By Meredith Martin

Why can we frequently educate English poetic meter by means of the Greek phrases iamb and trochee? How is our figuring out of English meter prompted by means of the heritage of England's experience of itself within the 19th century? now not an old style method of poetry, yet a dynamic, contested, and inherently nontraditional box, "English meter" involved problems with own and nationwide id, type, schooling, patriotism, militarism, and the improvement of English literature as a self-discipline. The upward push and Fall of Meter tells the unknown tale of English meter from the overdue eighteenth century until eventually simply after global battle I. Uncovering an enormous and unexplored archive within the heritage of poetics, Meredith Martin exhibits that the heritage of prosody is tied to the methods Victorian England argued approximately its nationwide id. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Coventry Patmore, and Robert Bridges used meter to barter their dating to England and the English language; George Saintsbury, Matthew Arnold, and Henry Newbolt apprehensive concerning the upward push of 1 metrical version between a number of rivals. The strain to comply to a sturdy version, besides the fact that, produced reactionary misunderstandings of English meter and the tradition it stood for. This risky courting to poetic shape inspired the prose and poems of Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and Alice Meynell. an important intervention in literary historical past, this e-book argues that our modern knowing of the increase of modernist poetic shape used to be crucially sure to narratives of English nationwide culture.

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