Early American Poetry Selections from Bradstreet, Taylor, Dwight, Freneau, and Bryant

ISBN-10: 0299074447

ISBN-13: 9780299074449

Edition: 1978

Authors: Jane Donahue Eberwein

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Here is the first major-figure anthology of American poetry of the colonial and early national periods, an indispensable volume for both students and scholars of American literature and civilization.    Five major literary figures are spotlighted: Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672), Edward Taylor (1642?"-1729), Timothy Dwight (1752-1817), Philip Freneau (1752-1832), and William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878). An introduction to each chapter summarizes the life of the poet, reviews his or her literary career, describes and evaluates artistic achievement, and places the poet in an intellectual context. The writer's relationship to changing religious, philosophical, political, and cultural patters is established. The contemporary perspective is augmented by the inclusion of an appendix which presents three important poems by other writers: Micheal Wigglesworth's "God's Controversy with New England," Ebenezer Cook's The Sot-Weed Factor, and Joel Barlow's "Hasty Pudding."    Eberwein goes beyond the most popular and familiar works to include those of unrecognized literary merit, presenting a thoroughly unique approach which illuminates the full range of the writers' themes, forms and poetic voices.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 6/15/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 398
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Jane Donahue Eberwein is author of Dickinson: Strategies of Limitation and editor of An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia.

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
From The Tenth Muse
"The Prologue"
"Of the Four Ages of Man"
"A Dialogue Between Old England and New"
"The Vanity of All Worldly Things"
From Several Poems
"Before the Birth of One of Her Children"
"To My Dear and Loving Husband"
"A Letter to Her Husband"
"The Author to Her Book"
"In Reference to Her Children"
"In Memory of Elizabeth Bradstreet"
"On Simon Bradstreet"
From the Andover Manuscript
"Meditation: May 13, 1657"
"Upon My Dear and Loving Husband"
"Upon the Burning of Our House"
"As Weary Pilgrim"
Edward Taylor (1642?-1729)
From Gods Determinations touching his Elect
"The Preface"
"Gods Selecting Love in the Decree"
"The Frowardness of the Elect in the Work of Conversion"
"Christs Reply"
"First Satans Assault against those that first Came up to Mercys terms"
"An Extasy of Joy let in by this Reply returnd in Admiration"
"The Joy of Church Fellowship rightly attended"
Occasional Poems
"Upon a Spider Catching a Fly"
"Upon a Wasp Child with Cold"
"Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children"
From Preparatory Meditations, First Series
"The Experience"
"The Return"
"[6] Another Meditation at the same time"
"8. Meditation. Joh. 6.51. I am the Living Bread"
"10. Meditation. Joh. 6.55. My Blood is Drinke indeed"
"16. Meditation. Lu. 7.16. A Greate Prophet is risen up"
"21. Meditation. Phil. 2.9. God hath Highly Exalted Him"
"23. Meditation. Cant. 4.8. My Spouse"
"29. Meditation. Joh. 20.17. My Father, and your Father, to my God, and your God"
"32. Meditation. 1 Cor. 3.22. Whether Paul or Apollos, or Cephas"
"39. Meditation. from 1 Joh. 2.1. If any man sin, we have an Advocate"
From Preparatory Meditations, Second Series
"4. Meditation. Gal. 4.24. Which things are an Allegorie"
"7. Meditation. Ps. 105.17. He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold etc."
"14. Meditation. Col. 2.3. In whom are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom, and Knowledge"
"Meditation 44. John. 1.14. The word was made Flesh"
"56. Meditation. Joh. 15.24. Had I not done amongst them the works, that none other man hath done, etc."
"77. Meditation. Zech. 9.11. The Pit wherein is no water"
"95. Meditation. Joh. 14.2. I go to prepare a place for you"
"142. Meditation. Can. 6.9. My Dove is One the onely One of her mother the Choice One of her that bare her etc."
Timothy Dwight (1752-1817)
From The Conquest of Canaan, Book VI
From The Triumph of Infidelity
"The Gathering"
From Greenfield Hill
"The Prospect"
"The Flourishing Village"
"The Destruction of the Pequods"
Philip Freneau (1752-1832)
From The Poems of Philip Freneau
"Ode to Fancy"
"The Vernal Ague"
"The Vision of the Night"
"The Beauties of Santa Cruz"
"George the Third's Soliloquy"
From "The British Prison Ship," Canto III ("The Hessian Doctor")
"To the Memory of the Brave Americans"
"A Picture of the Times"
"The Deserted Farm-House"
From The Miscellaneous Works
"The Wild Honey Suckle"
"The Indian Burying Ground"
"To an Author"
From Poems Written between the Years 1768 and 1794
"The Vanity of Existence"
"The Hurricane"
"Elegiac Lines on the Death of a Fiddler"
"The Dish of Tea"
From A Collection of Poems on American Affairs
"Lines Addressed to Mr. Jefferson"
"On the Uniformity and Perfection of Nature"
"On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature"
"On the Religion of Nature"
"Stanzas to a Caty-Did"
From The Fredonian
"A Fragment of Bion"
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
"The Yellow Violet"
"Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood"
"To a Waterfowl"
"'I Cannot Forget with What Fervid Devotion'"
"A Winter Piece"
"Hymn to Death"
"'Oh, Fairest of the Rural Maids'"
"Monument Mountain"
"A Forest Hymn"
"To a Mosquito"
"The Death of the Flowers"
"The Journey of Life"
"The Hurricane"
"To Cole, the Painter, Departing for Europe"
"Hymn of the City"
"The Prairies"
"The Old Man's Counsel"
"The Painted Cup"
"The Antiquity of Freedom"
"'Oh Mother of a Mighty Race'"
"The Twenty-seventh of March"
"Robert of Lincoln"
"The Poet"
"The Path"
Michael Wigglesworth (1631-1705)
"'God's Controversy with New-England'"
Ebenezer Cook (c. 1670-c. 1732)
The Sot-Weed Factor
Joel Barlow (1754-1812)
"The Hasty Pudding"
Index of Poets and Titles
Index of First Lines
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