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Poetry & the Dictionary

Andrew Blades and Piers Pennington


Poetry is an ancient verbal art, which has its roots in the oral epics and fragments that survive from classical times. Dictionaries of English, by contrast, are a comparatively recent phenomenon, beginning with the ‘hard words’ that Robert Cawdrey gathered in A Table Alphabeticall in 1604 and extending to the present edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, with its ongoing revisions. This innovative collection of essays is the first volume to explore the ways in which dictionaries have stimulated the imaginations of modern and contemporary poets from Britain, Ireland, and America, while als ... More

Keywords: American Poetry, British Poetry, Dictionaries, Etymology, Irish Poetry, Lexicography, Poetry, 20th Century Poetry, 21st Century Poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620566
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Blades, editor

Piers Pennington, editor

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