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Books on poetry, elegy, mourning, grief; Wordsworth and Frost:




Jon Cook, ed., Poetry in theory: an anthology 1900-2000 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)

Matthew Curr, The consolation of otherness: the male love elegy in Milton, Gray, and Tennyson (London: McFarland, 2002)           

Dewey W. Hall, ‘Signs of the Dead: Epitaphs, Inscriptions and the Discourse of the Self,’ English Literary History, 68 (2001), 655-77

Barbara Hardy, The Advantage of Lyric: Essays on Feeling in Poetry (London: University of London, Athlone Press, 1977)

William Harmon, Classic Writings on Poetry (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003)

Susanne K. Langer, Feeling and Form: A Theory of Art Developed from Philosophy in a New Key (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1953)

Dan Latimer, The Elegiac Mode in Milton and Rilke: Reflections on death (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1977)

Karen Mills-Courts, Poetry as Epitaph: Representation and Poetic Language (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1990)

Jahan Ramazani, Poetry of mourning: The modern elegy from Hardy to Heaney (Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press,1994)

Peter M. Sacks, The English Elegy: studies in the genre from Spenser to Yeats (Baltimore; London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985)

Joshua Scodel, The English Epitaph: Commemoration and Conflict from Jonson to Wordsworth (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991)

W. David Shaw, Elegy and Paradox: testing the conventions (Baltimore; London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994)

Eric Smith, By mourning tongues: Studies in English elegy (Ipswich: Boydell Press, 1977)

Susan Stewart, Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002)

M. F. Zeiger, Beyond Consolation: Death, Sexuality and the Changing Shapes of Elegy (thaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1997)




Judith Butler, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (New York: Verso, 2004)

Cathy Caruth, Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996)

David L. Eng and David Kazanjian, ed., Loss: the politics of mourning (Berkeley, Calif.; London: University of California Press, 2003)

Philip Fisher, The Vehement Passions (Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2002)

Geoffrey Gorer, Death, Grief and Mourning (Garden City: Doubleday, 1965)

Jenny Hockey, Jeanne Katz, and Neil Small, ed., Grief, mourning, and death ritual (Buckingham : Open University, 2001)

Saul M. Olyan, Biblical mourning: ritual and social dimensions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

David Rigsbee, Styles of ruin: Joseph Brodsky and the postmodernist elegy (Westport, Conn. and London: Greenwood. 1999)

Antonius C.G.M. Robben, ed., Death, mourning, and burial: a cross-cultural reader (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)

Roberta Rubenstein, Home matters: longing and belonging, nostalgia and mourning (New York; Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001)

Wolfgang Schivelbusch, trans. Jefferson Chase, The culture of defeat: on national trauma, mourning, and recovery (London: Granta, 2003)

Esther Schor, Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994)

Margo Swiss and David A. Kent, ed., Speaking grief in English literary culture: Shakespeare to Milton (Pittsburgh, Pa.: Duquesne University Press, c2002)

R. Clifton Spargo, The ethics of mourning: grief and responsibility in elegiac literature (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005)

William Watkin, On mourning: theories of loss in modern literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004)

Gail Holst-Warhaft, The cue for passion: grief and its political uses (Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Press, 2000)

Kathleen Woodward, ‘Freud and Barthes: Theorising Mourning, Sustaining Grief,’ Discourse, 13 (1990-91), 93-110




James H. Averill, Wordsworth and the Poetry of Human Suffering (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1980)

John Beer, Wordsworth and the Human Heart (London: Macmillan, 1978)

Alan Bewell, Wordsworth and the Enlightenment: nature, man and society in the experimental poetry (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987)

Brian Caraher, Wordsworth’s ‘Slumber’ and the Problematics of Reading (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1988)

James Chandler, Wordsworth’s second nature : a study of the poetry and politics (Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 1984)

D. D. Devlin, Wordsworth and the Poetry of Epitaphs (London, 1980)

Susan Eilenberg, ‘Wordsworth’s “Michael”: The Poetry of Property,’ Essays in Literature, 15 (1988), 13-25

David Ellis, Wordsworth, Freud and Spots of Time (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985)

Elizabeth Fay, Becoming Wordsworthian: a performative aesthetics (Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1995)

Frances Ferguson, Wordsworth: language as counter-spirit (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1977)

Kurt Fosso, Buried communities: Wordsworth and the bonds of mourning (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004)

Bruce E. Graver, ‘Wordsworth’s Georgic Pastoral: Otium and Labour in “Michael,”” European Romantic Review, 1 (1991), 119-34

David P. Hanley, Wordsworth and the Hermeneutics of Incarnation (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993)

Anthony John Harding, ‘Forgetfulness and the Poetic Self in “Home at Grasmere,”’ Wordsworth Circle, 22 (1991), 109-18

Alison Hickey, Impure Conceits: Rhetoric and Ideology in Wordsworth’s Excursion (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997)

Thomas McFarland, Wordsworth: Intensity and Achievement (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992)

Richard E. Matlak, Deep distresses : William Wordsworth, John Wordsworth, Sir George Beaumont: 1800-1808 (Newark: University of Delaware Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2003)

Reeve Parker, ‘Finishing off “Michael”: Poetic and Critical Enclosures,’ Diacritics, 17 (1987), 53-64

Adela Pinch, Strange Fits of Passion: Epistemologies of Emotion: Hume to Austen (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996)

Abbie Findlay Potts, The Elegiac Mode: Poetic form in Wordsworth and other Elegists (Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 1967)

Karen Sanchez-Eppler, ‘Decomposing: Wordsworth’s Poetry of Epitaph and English Burial Reform,’ Nineteenth-Century Literature, 42 (1988), 415-31

Michelle Turner Sharp, ‘The Churchyard Among the Wordsworthian Mountains: Mapping the Common Ground of Death and the Reconfiguration of Romantic Community,’ English Literary History, 62 (1995), 387-407

Duncan Wu, ‘Wordsworth’s Poetry of Grief,’ Wordsworth Circle, 21 (1990), 114-117


Robert Frost


Joseph Brodskey, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Homage to Robert Frost (London: Faber and Faber, 1997)

Rachel Buxton, Robert Frost and Northern Irish poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Robert Faggen, Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin (Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 2001)

Robert Faggen, ed., The Cambridge companion to Robert Frost (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Steven Frattali, Person, place, and world: a late-modern reading of Robert Frost (Victoria, B.C. : University of Victoria, English Literary Studies, 2002)

Astrid Galbraith, New England as poetic landscape : Henry David Thoreau and Robert Frost ( Oxford: Peter Lang, c2003)

Tyler Hoffman, Robert Frost and the politics of poetry (Hanover, NH; London: Middlebury College Press published by University Press of New England, 2001)

Robert Pack, Belief and uncertainty in the poetry of Robert Frost (London: University Press of New England, 2004)

Jay Parini, Robert Frost : a life (London: Pimlico, 2001)

Richard Poirier, Robert Frost: The Work of Knowing (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977)

Mark Richardson, The Ordeal of Robert Frost: The Poet and his Poetics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997)

John H. Timmerman, Robert Frost : the ethics of ambiguity (London: Associated University Presses, 2002)

Nancy Lewis Tuten and John Zubizarreta, eds., Robert Frost Encyclopedia (Westport, Conn. ; London : Greenwood, c2001)

Earl J. Wilcox and Jonathan N. Barron, ed., Roads not taken: rereading Robert Frost (Columbia; London: University of Missouri Press, 2000)