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The Citizen Poets of Boston A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789-1820

by Paul Lewis

The Citizen Poets of Boston A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789-1820 Synopsis

Welcome to Boston in the early years of the republic. Prepare to journey by stagecoach with a young man moving to the bustling city ; stop by a tavern for food, drink, and conversation; eavesdrop on clerks and customers in a dry-goods shop; get stuck in what might have been Boston's first traffic jam; and enjoy arch comments about spouses, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and poets. As Paul Lewis and his students at Boston College reveal, regional vernacular poetry-largely overlooked or deemed of little or no artistic value-provides access to the culture and daily life of the city. Selected from over 4,500 poems published during the early national period, the works presented here, mostly anonymous, will carry you back to Old Boston to hear the voices of its long-forgotten citizen poets. A rich collection of lost poetry that will beguile locals and visitors alike.

The Citizen Poets of Boston A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789-1820 Press Reviews

In poems [Lewis] calls buckboard time machines the rhythms of a city and its people come alive. Stories are swapped in taverns; traffic slows to a crawl in Charlestown; a rivalry between Boston and New York is articulated. -- Boston Globe The book's biggest contribution is its generous representation of anonymous work appearing in book form for the first time. -- New England Quarterly Citizen Poets is an invaluable work of scholarship on American periodical culture and popular poetry in the early Republic. . . .[It] enjoins us to appreciate the poetic vernaculars and public discourse in the cities where we live, to make room for a place-based, historically specific criticism that speaks to the cultural work of American literature on the ground. -- Early American Literature

Book Information

ISBN: 9781611688870
Publication date: 17th May 2016
Author: Paul Lewis
Publisher: University Press of New England
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 232 pages
Categories: Poetry anthologies (various poets),

About Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is a professor of English at Boston College specializing in the literary history of Boston and American humor.

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