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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

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

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.

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 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


About the Author

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

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Book Info

Publication date

17th May 2016

Author

Paul Lewis

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Publisher

University Press of New England

Format

Hardback
232 pages

Categories

Poetry anthologies (various poets)

ISBN

9781611688870

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