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Awakening Verse: The Poetics of Early American Evangelicalism

Wendy Raphael Roberts


Beginning with Isaac Watts’s Horae Lyricae (1706) and concluding with the burgeoning poetic print culture of the early nineteenth century, Awakening Verse unfolds how evangelical ministers, itinerants, and laypeople in colonial British North America capaciously engaged prevailing ideas about literary taste and created a distinct transatlantic poetics grounded in Watts’s notion of the “plainest capacity.” From the evangelical women who were instrumental in the development of bountiful verse ministries and the creation of poetic coteries to the itinerant ministers for whom poetics and its attend ... More

Keywords: evangelicalism, early American poetry, Great Awakening, Samuel Davies, Phillis Wheatley, Ralph Erskine, James Ireland, Sarah Moorhead, print itinerant, poet-minister, espousal poetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197510278
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197510278.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Raphael Roberts, author
Assistant Professor of English, The University at Albany, SUNY