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Street Songs: Writers and urban songs and cries, 1800-1925

Daniel Karlin


The Introduction presents an overview of the topic of street song and summarizes the main chapters of the book. It begins by discussing poems by Robert Herrick and Thomas Campion based on the traditional street-vendor’s cry of ‘Cherry Ripe’ as an example of the way in which writers appropriate street songs for their own purposes, and includes discussions of other images and texts such as Donald Davie’s poem ‘Cherry Ripe’. ‘Cherrie-ripe’ traces an arc from the sixteenth century to the twentieth, encompassing literature, art, music, and social history. It suggests the broad scope of the subject, ... More

Keywords: street song, Cherry Ripe, Cries of London, Robert Herrick, Thomas Campion, Donald Davie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792352
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198792352.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Karlin, author
Winterstoke Professor of English Literature, University of Bristol