Older Masters: Essays and Reflections on English and American Literature
To mark Donald Davie's seventieth birthday, Continuum publishes his major essays on British and American writers, from Chaucer to Browning.
Donald Davie is a poet-critic: his admirable essays are free of jargon, full of the clarity and insight of a major practitioner of the poetic art. His writing is in every sense refreshing: a pleasure to read. It is an inspiration to reread the writers he considers in these pages - Ralegh, Shakespeare, Milton, Edward Taylor, Isaac Watts, Dryden, Berkeley, Pope, Wesley, Smart, Cowper, Goldsmith, Dr. Johnson, Wordsworth, Scott, Keats, and Landor, as well as Chaucer and Browning.
What gives this book unity is style, a coherence of concerns, and an insistence on revaluing certain writers - including Scott and Goldsmith and the great hymn writers - who have fallen out of fashion.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
liol Contents 1 Chaucer and One Idea of Englishness 1972
A Reading of The Oceans Love to Cynthia 1960
Shakespeare and the Practising Poet Today 1976
23 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
Adams admired appears argument believe Berkeley better body called century certainly comes contrary course criticism death dialogue diction distinction Dryden effect eighteenth eighteenth-century England English essay example experience expression fact feel figure follows force give hand human idea imagination important instance interest John Johnson kind language later laws learned least Ledyard less lines literary literature lived London look matter means metaphor mind nature never object once passage perhaps period person philosopher poem poet poetic poetry political Pope possible present principle prose question reader reason rhetoric seems seen sense Shakespeare Smart society sort speak spirit stand stanza style surely taken Taylor things thought tion tradition true turn verse whole Wordsworth writing wrote