The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930

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Gikandi, Jeremy Braddock, Caroline Levine, Veronica Alfano, Evan Kindley, Gregory Londe, Amelia Worsley, Jacky Shin, Sara Grossman, Bea SanfordRussell, Matt Steding, Donald Dietz, Jeff Strabone, Ben Glaser, Matthew Campbell, Simon Jarvis, Herbert Tucker, and Derek Attridge.

I am grateful for my dream research assistant Grant Wythoff, whose work with the Princeton Prosody Archive has helped construct the scaffolding on which this book was built as well as provided the platform for future historically poetic pursuits.

Immeasurable thanks are due to Terry Brogan, whose original archival work made this book possible.

Special thanks to Sarah Cole and Julia Saville for reading early versions of chapters, and to Anne Jamison, Jason Rudy, and Jim Richardson for comments on the final stages. I am grateful to the anonymous readers at Oxford University Press and Princeton University Press for their intelligent and engaging suggestions.

Thank you to my Swiss family: Raphael Vangelista and Gino, Michèle, and David Vangelista.

My editors at Princeton University Press, Hanne Winarsky and Christopher Chung, have expertly coaxed this book into its current form. I would also like to acknowledge the encouragement, intelligence, and good humor of Brendan O’Neill at Oxford University Press.

I am grateful for all of my supportive, engaging, and helpful colleagues at Princeton University, especially Daphne Brooks, Eduardo Cadava, Anne Cheng, Jeff Dolven, Sophie Gee, Pat Gugliemi, Claudia Johnson, Karen Mink, Deborah Nord, Jeff Nunokawa, Sarah Rivett, Marcia Rosh, Esther Schor, Nancy Shillingford, Nigel Smith, Valerie Smith, Susan Stewart, Benj Widiss, Tamsen Wolff, Susan Wolfson, Michael Wood, and Alexandra Vasquez.

For assistance with archives I am grateful to Helen Gilio, Sue Usher, Jon Stallworthy, Phillip Endean, and the staff of the Harry Ransom Research Center, Bodleian Library, English Faculty Library, Scottish National Library, British Library, Durham University Library, University of Michigan Library, and Princeton University Library.

Parts of chapter 5 were previously published in the article “Therapeutic Measures: The Hydra and Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart War Hospital,” in Modernism 14:1 (2007), 35–54. © The Johns Hopkins University Press. Reprinted with permission of The Johns Hopkins University Press. Thank you also to Indiana University Press for permission to reprint a version of “Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Stigma of Meter,” from Victorian Studies 50.2 (Winter 2008): 243–53. A version of “Prosody Wars” was first published in the book Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Jason Hall. Reprinted with the permission of Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio (www.ohioswallow.com).

I am, as always, strengthened by and grateful for the love and support of my wonderful parents, Robert and Mary Martin.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction- The Failure of Meter 1
  • 1 - The History of Meter 16
  • 2 - The Stigma of Meter 48
  • 3 - The Institution of Meter 79
  • 4 - The Discipline of Meter 109
  • 5 - The Trauma of Meter 145
  • 6 - The before- And Afterlife of Meter 181
  • Notes 207
  • Works Cited 241
  • Index 261
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