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Sound Intentions: The Workings of Rhyme in Nineteenth-Century Poetry

Peter McDonald


The rhymes in poems are important to understanding how poets write; and in the nineteenth century, rhyme conditioned the ways in which poets heard both themselves and each other writing. This book studies the significance of rhyme in Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Hopkins, and other poets, including Coleridge, Byron, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Swinburne, and Hardy. The book’s stylistic reading of nineteenth-century poetry argues for Wordsworth’s centrality to issues of intention and chance in poets’ work, and offers a reading of the formal choices made in poetry as profoundl ... More

Keywords: rhyme, poetry, romantic, Victorian, style, form, intention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter McDonald, author
Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in the English Language, Christ Church, University of Oxford