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Early American Poetry
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Here is the first major-figure anthology of American poetry of the colonial and early national periods, an indispensable volume for both students and scholars of American literature and civilization.
    Five major literary figures are spotlighted: Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672), Edward Taylor (1642?"-1729), Timothy Dwight (1752-1817), Philip Freneau (1752-1832), and William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878). An introduction to each chapter summarizes the life of the poet, reviews his or her literary career, describes and evaluates artistic achievement, and places the poet in an intellectual context. The writer's relationship to changing religious, philosophical, political, and cultural patters is established. The contemporary perspective is augmented by the inclusion of an appendix which presents three important poems by other writers: Micheal Wigglesworth's "God's Controversy with New England," Ebenezer Cook's The Sot-Weed Factor, and Joel Barlow's "Hasty Pudding."
    Eberwein goes beyond the most popular and familiar works to include those of unrecognized literary merit, presenting a thoroughly unique approach which illuminates the full range of the writers' themes, forms and poetic voices.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. ONE Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. From The Tenth Muse
  2. pp. 14-40
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  1. From Several Poems
  2. pp. 40-56
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  1. From the Andover Manuscript
  2. pp. 56-63
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  1. TWO Edward Taylor (1642?-1729)
  2. pp. 64-72
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  1. From Gods Determinations touching his Elect
  2. pp. 72-85
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  1. Occasional Poems
  2. pp. 85-95
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  1. From Preparatory Meditations, First and Second Series
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. THREE Timothy Dwight (1752-1817)
  2. pp. 121-132
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  1. From The Conquest of Canäan (Book VI)
  2. pp. 132-136
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  1. From The Triumph of Infidelity
  2. pp. 137-139
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  1. From Greenfield Hill
  2. pp. 139-189
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  1. FOUR Philip Freneau (1752-1832)
  2. pp. 190-201
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  1. From The Poems of Philip Freneau
  2. pp. 201-231
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  1. From The Miscellaneous Works
  2. pp. 231-235
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  1. From Poems Written between the Years 1768 & 1794
  2. pp. 235-243
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  1. From A Collection of Poems on American Affairs
  2. pp. 243-277
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  1. From The Fredonian (November 28, 1822)
  2. pp. 252-279
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  1. FIVE William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
  2. pp. 254-265
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  1. Poems
  2. pp. 266-318
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  1. APPENDIX
  2. pp. 318-320
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  1. Michael Wigglesworth (1631-1705)
  2. pp. 321-349
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  1. "GOD'S CONTROVERSY WITH NEW-ENGLAND"
  2. pp. 323-338
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  1. Ebenezer Cook (c. 1670-c. 1732)
  2. pp. 339-340
  1. THE SOT-WEED FACTOR
  2. pp. 340-361
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  1. Joel Barlow (1754-1812)
  2. pp. 362-363
  1. THE HASTY PUDDING
  2. pp. 363-376
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  1. Index of Poets and Titles
  2. pp. 377-380
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  1. Index of First Lines
  2. pp. 381-383
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