Sidney Lanier: Poet and Prosodist

Sidney Lanier: Poet and Prosodist

Sidney Lanier: Poet and Prosodist

Sidney Lanier: Poet and Prosodist

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The purpose of this book is to present Sidney Lanier as a poet and prosodist. No effort is made to trace the events of his life, and consequently, only such biographical material is included as will help to furnish the background necessary for an adequate understanding of the poet's work.

For the convenience of the reader, a chronological table of Lanier's life is included with this study. Comprehensive biographies are available. Professor Edwin Mims's book, Sidney Lanier, which was published in 1905 in the American Men of Letters Series, is still a standard work on the subject. Mr. A. H. Starke Sidney Lanier, published in 1933 by the University of North Carolina Press, is a comprehensive and thorough treatment, and it also contains a complete bibliography. The Life of Sidney Lanier, by Mr. Lincoln Lorenz, published by Coward-McCann in 1935, is the most recent biography.

The present book is a unified study of Sidney Lanier as a poet and prosodist, although it consists of two distinct essays, each by an individual author. The first essay was written by Richard Webb in 1903 and was awarded the Porter Prize at Yale University for the best paper on a selected list of subjects which was open to all undergradu-

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