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Ricks, Christopher 1933-

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Most widely held works by Christopher Ricks
The State of the language by Leonard Michaels( Book )

48 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considers a wide range of topics related to contemporary language
Tennyson by Christopher Ricks( Book )

38 editions published between 1972 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biographical and critical study of Tennyson aims to show what went into the making of the man, exploring the power, subtlety and variety of his poems, along with the artistic principles and preoccupations which shaped his life's work
A.E. Housman : a collection of critical essays by Christopher Ricks( Book )

20 editions published between 1968 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays in appreciation by Christopher Ricks( )

23 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The successor to Christopher Ricks's The Force of Poetry, this collection of critical essays still attends to poets and poetry: to John Donne's farewells to love, George Crabbe's constraints, Hardy's reading of history, and Robert Lowell as translator of Racine. But other literary worlds are also appreciated in Essays in Appreciation. Drama: Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and the plague. History: the Earl of Clarendon and composition. The novel: Jane Austen and mothering. Victorian lives: E.C. Gaskell's Charlotte Bronte; Froude's Carlyle; Hallam Tennyson's Tennyson; and George Eliot and her age. Philosophy: J.L. Austin and his art of allusion. Finally, critical questions: Literature and the matter of fact, and literary principles as against theory; plus two notes on criticism at the present time, one on talk of the canon, and the other on Empson and political criticism."--Jacket
The New Oxford book of Victorian verse by Christopher Ricks( Book )

40 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of 560 poems from the Victorian era
Allusion to the poets by Christopher B Ricks( )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allusion to the words and phrases of ancestral voices is one of the hiding-places of poetry's power. Poets appreciate the great debts that they owe to previous poets, and are often duly and newly grateful. Allusion to the Poets consists of twelve essays - four published here for the first time - on allusion and its relations, in particular on the use that poets in English have made of the very words of poets in English. The first half of the book, on 'The Poet as Heir', consists of six chapters devoted to individual poets, Augustan, Romantic, and Victorian: Dryden and Pope, Burns, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, and Tennyson. Allusion is always a form of inheritance, not to be hoarded or squandered. The critical and creative question is its imaginative co-operation with other kinds of legacy - with whatever for a particular poet or for a particular time is judged to be an unignorable inheritance: of a throne, perhaps, or of land; of intermixed languages; of the human senses; of money; of literature itself; or of our planet, long-lived but not eternal.; The second half of the book is six essays on allusion's affiliations: to plagiarism (allusion being plagiarism's responsible opposite); to metaphor (allusion being a form that metaphor may take); to loneliness in poetry (allusion constituting company). And on allusion within poetry to prose (A E. Housman); on translation as exercising allusion (David Ferry); and on the clash between one poet's practice and his critical principles (Yvor Winters)
True friendship : Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell under the sign of Eliot and Pound by Christopher Ricks( )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"True Friendship looks closely at three outstanding poets of the past half-century - Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell - through the lens of their relation to their two predecessors in genius, T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound."--Inside jacket
The Oxford book of English verse( Book )

17 editions published between 1900 and 1999 in English and held by 1,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Oxford Book of English Verse, created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch and selected anew in 1972 by Helen Gardner, has established itself as the foremost anthology of English poetry: ample in span, liberal in the kinds of poetry presented. This completely fresh selection brings in new poems and poets from all ages, and extends the range by another half-century, to include many twentieth-century figures not featured before - among them Philip Larkin and Samuel Beckett, Thom Gunn and Elaine Feinstein - right up to Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney."--Jacket
Inventions of the March Hare : poems, 1909-1917 by T. S Eliot( Book )

29 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A few months before The Waste Land was published in 1922, T.S. Eliot gave the manuscript to his benefactor in New York, John Quinn. At the same time, he sold to Quinn a notebook containing about fifty poems that he had written during his twenties. It was not until 1968, three years after the poet's death, that the double cache was unveiled within the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. The early poems, from the notebook and the accompanying leaves, are now at last published, all but a few of them for the first time. Of great interest, both technical and human, they reveal the young Eliot in the process of creating himself and his art: ruminating on the blind alleys and vacant lots of the city, exploring the perplexities of the modern age (doubt, ennui, indifference, dismay, affectation), and experimenting with a variety of poetic forms (urban pastoral, lyric, satire, the prose poem). Complementing the new poems, which include several bawdy verses, are "richly informative drafts" (The Observer, London) of many of Eliot's best-known poems, among them "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (with a previously unpublished fragment), "Portrait of a Lady" (signally and subtly different from the published text), many versions of "Whispers of Immortality," and "Ode" (not reprinted since 1920)
Milton's grand style by Christopher Ricks( Book )

66 editions published between 1963 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Milton controversy - Grand style - Enhancing suggestions - Simile and cross-reference_
Keats and embarrassment by Christopher Ricks( Book )

34 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this acclaimed book, Professor Ricks argues for the importance of embarrassment in human life and for the value works of art which help us deal with embarrassment by recognizing and refining it. As a poet and a man, Keats was especially sensitive to, and morally intelligent about, embarrassment. This study demonstrates the particular direction of his insight and moral concern to acknowledge embarrassability and its involvement in important moral concerns
Dylan's visions of sin by Christopher Ricks( Book )

38 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scholarly analysis of Bob Dylan's lyrics by a Boston University humanities professor discusses the musician's works as a reflection of social conscience, earthly and divine love, and spiritual temptation
The force of poetry by Christopher Ricks( Book )

37 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Ricks is one of the best-known living critics of English, and was described by W.H. Auden as "the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding." Though published independently over many years, each of the essays in this collection asks how a poet's words reveal the "force ofpoetry, " that force--in Dr Johnson's words--"which calls new power into being, which embodies sentiment, and animates matter." The poets covered range from John Gower, Marvell, and Milton to Wordsworth, Empson, Stevie Smith, Lowell, and Larkin, and the book contains four wider essays on cliches, lies, misquotations, and American English
The poems of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson( Book )

31 editions published between 1969 and 1987 in English and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1920 volume offers a selection of Tennyson poems edited by American author Henry van Dyke
Paradise lost and Paradise regained by John Milton( Book )

26 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in English and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents seventeenth-century British poet John Milton's classic epic poems "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained," along with a scholarly introduction, a Milton chronology, and a selected bibliography
The Brownings, letters and poetry by Robert Browning( Book )

8 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The face of Robert Browning gives nothing away -- handsome and polished, it offers no hold to those who would pry into the soul behind. Its metallic mirror gives us back ourselves. But the face of Elizabeth Barret Browning speaks openly of her sufferings -- of ill health, of an iron father, of miscarriages -- yet speaking in the accents of courage and good sense. Any woman of sensitivity and talent can imagine herself as Elizabeth, in the hope that she might get as much as did Elizabeth out of a life which sometimes seemed to offer so little. No man can imagine himself as Robert. And if that is because genius is a mystery, it is even more because Robert Browning is a mystery. - p. 1
T.S. Eliot and prejudice by Christopher Ricks( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beckett's dying words : the Clarendon lectures, 1990 by Christopher Ricks( Book )

35 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of T.S. Eliot by T. S Eliot( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This critical edition of T.S. Eliot's Poems establishes a new text of the Collected Poems 1909-1962, rectifying accidental omissions and errors that have crept in during the century since Eliot's astonishing debut, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." As well as the masterpieces, the edition contains the poems of Eliot's youth, which were rediscovered only decades later, others that circulated privately during his lifetime, and love poems from his final years, written for his wife Valerie Eliot. Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue have provided a commentary that illuminates the imaginative life of each poem. Calling upon Eliot's critical writings, as well as his drafts, letters, and other original materials, they illustrate not only the breadth of Eliot's interests and the range of his writings, but how it was that the author of "Gerontion" came to write "Triumphal March" and then Four Quartets. Thanks to the family and friends who recognized Eliot's genius and preserved his writings from an early age, the archival record is exceptionally complete, enabling us to follow in unique detail the progress of a mind that never ceased exploring. This first volume respects Eliot's decisions by opening with his Collected Poems 1909-1962 as he arranged and issued it, shortly before his death fifty years ago. This is followed by poems uncollected but either written for or suitable for publication, and by a new reading text of the drafts of The Waste Land. The volume concludes with the commentary on all of these poems. The second volume opens with the two books of verse of other kinds that Eliot issued, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and his translation of St.-John Perse's Anabase. Different again are the verses informal, improper, or clubmanlike. Each of these sections has its own commentary. Finally, pertaining to the entire edition, there is a textual history that contains not only variants from all known drafts and the many printings but also extended passages amounting to hundreds of lines of compelling verse. -- Amazon
Decisions and revisions in T.S. Eliot by Christopher Ricks( )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Decisions and Revisions in T.S. Eliot attends to one specific embodiment of T.S. Eliot's rethinking: changes that he made after publication. Such revisions have a different standing from any made prior to publication, and they raise questions about reception, audience and (pre-eminently) self-criticism. In Eliot the revisions are often substantial and always acutely of interest, for they incarnate a movement of mind even after he had given the work to the world. Such changes in Eliot's poems and elsewhere have not much been pondered as evidence of his art and thought. Moreover there has been an unthinking assumption that revisions to discursive prose, in the nature of the case, do not much matter - yet to look at the cases is to see how much each may contain."--Jacket
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The Oxford book of English verse
TennysonEssays in appreciationThe New Oxford book of Victorian verseAllusion to the poetsTrue friendship : Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell under the sign of Eliot and PoundThe Oxford book of English verseInventions of the March Hare : poems, 1909-1917Milton's grand style
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Christopher Ricks Brits literatuurcriticus

Christopher Ricks critico letterario britannico

Ricks Christopher

Ricks, Christopher 1933-

Ricks, Christopher B.

Ricks, Christopher B. 1933-

Ricks, Christopher B.‏ (Christopher Bruce), 1933-

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