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Edward Dowden

A Critical Edition of the Complete Poetry

Edited by Wayne K. Chapman

This volume reintroduces Edward Dowden, a significant poet of the nineteenth century, to a modern audience which has forgotten, probably, that this distinguished Irish authority on Shakespeare, Goethe and Shelley thought of himself as a poet first. Our perception of Dowden today is that he was a better critic than he was a poet; and in the main, this judgment may be sound, but it goes untested due to the scarcity of his poetic works. Without the commitment he made to his academic post at Trinity College, Dublin, he might have become another Meredith. His poetry was prominently featured in Alfred Miles’s series The Poets and the Poetry of the Nineteenth Century (Routledge, c. 1891–1906)—an influential tome which conferred canonical stature to a broader field of poets than we tend to observe from our distant perspective.


About the Editor

Wayne K. Chapman is Professor Emeritus of English at Clemson University.

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Pages: 287 pages

Published: July 2015


ISBN: 9780989082686

ISBN: 9780990895862


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