Great poetry can indeed outlast stone and the glory of princes, and the English poetic tradition is perhaps the richest in the world. This ebook tells the story of that tradition through its towering figures—Spenser and Shakespeare, Milton and Dryden, Wordsworth and Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson and Eliot—and through scores of other poets. Clear and accessible, blending criticism with imagination and illustrated with scores of quotations, this new history will delight all who care about the past and the future of English poetry.
About the Author
Peter Whitfield is the author of more than a dozen works of history and literary criticism, including English Poetry: a New Illustrated History and A Universe of Books: Readings in World Literature. For Naxos AudioBooks he has also written The Story of the Bible, The History of Western Art and The History of English Poetry. He has also published three collections of his own poetry.