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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry$
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James Williams and Matthew Bevis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198708568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.001.0001

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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

(p.1) Introduction
Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

James Williams

Matthew Bevis

Oxford University Press

In a discursive Introduction, James Williams and Matthew Bevis explore the ramifications of ‘play’ in relation to Edward Lear. Lear’s poetry is considered as playing with language, ideas, social customs, and rules; as both mirroring the play of children and playing with its child audience; as both related to dancing and to music. The Introduction then briefly surveys the history of Lear scholarship and reception before moving on to summarize the contents of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   Edward Lear, critical reception, play, poetry, nonsense, music

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