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By Jason David Hall

Across the 19th century, meter mattered—in extra methods and to extra humans than we would good delight in this day. For the period’s poets, metrical concerns have been a resource of idea and sometimes vehement debate. And the numerous readers, lecturers, and scholars encountered meter and comparable issues in either institutional and well known forms.

the 10 essays in Meter Matters exhibit the variety of metrical perform of poets from Wordsworth and Byron to Hopkins, Swinburne, and Tennyson; whilst, the participants deliver into concentration many of the metrical theorizing that formed poetic considering and responses to it in the course of the 19th century. Paying shut cognizance to the old contours of Romantic and Victorian meters, in addition to to the minute workings of the verse line, Meter Matters provides a clean viewpoint on a topic that figured considerably within the century’s literature, and in its culture.

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28. Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853), ed. George Ford and Sylvère Monod (New York: Norton, 1977), 151. 29. Christopher Stray, Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830–1960 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), 27. 30. For more on this method, see M. L. Clarke, Classical Education in Britain, 1500– 1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1959); Regenia Gagnier, Subjectivities: A History of Self-Representation in Britain, 1832–1920 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991); Jason David Hall, “Popular Prosody: Spectacle and the Politics of Victorian Versification,” Nineteenth-Century Literature 62, no.

See Yopie Prins, “Voice Inverse,” Victorian Poetry 42, no. 1 (2004): 43–59. 9. Richard Menke, Telegraphic Realism: Victorian Fiction and Other Information Systems (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008), 5, 6. Meter reached nineteenthcentury readers through various media, though there is not enough space here to discuss all of these encounters. , Wordsworth, Thelwall, Hopkins, Patmore, Bridges), there were notes, compositions, and translations printed privately and distributed to select groups.

This is a happening of great beauty and cognitive complexity, and Jarvis brings this to full realization in his reading. In his account of rhyme, Hegel never fails to recognize the beauty of rhyme. The boy and the stone, seeing with delight the movement of consciousness and the body in radiating circles in water, are capable of manifesting themselves in both rhyme and rhythm. But this recursive movement in meter is accomplished in and through the flow of time in a way that it is not in the case of rhyme.

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