Short list of readings for Dec. 4

Dialect Poetry in Nineteenth-century England and America

Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10:30 am.-12:30 pm.

University of Michigan;  2024 Tisch

In the morning meeting of the Historical Poetics group, we will discuss the following texts, available for download here.

William Barnes, Outline of English Speech-Craft (1878)

William Barnes, from Select Poems of William Barnes (1908):  Hardy’s “Preface,” “Zun-Zet,” “Lwonesomeness,” “The Vaices That Be Gone,” and “Praise O’ Dorset.”

William Dean Howells, Introduction to Paul Laurence Dunbar, Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896)

Paul Laurence Dunbar, from Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896):  “Ere Sleep Comes Down to Soothe Their Weary Eyes,”  “Accountability,” “Antebellum Sermon,” “Spellin’ Bee,” “Negro Love Song,” “When Da Cone Pone’s Hot,” “We Wear the Mask,” “Lonesome,” “When Malindy Sings”

Paul Laurence Dunbar, additional poems:  “Emancipation,” “Lager Beer,” “James Whitcomb Riley”

James Whitcomb Riley, “The Old Swimmin’ Hole,” “Wotermelon Time,” “When the Frost is on the Punkin,” “My Fiddle,” “The Rubaiyat of Doc Sifers”

“The Defence of the Dialect,” a short selection from Brian Maidment, The Poorhouse Fugitives (1987):  Gaskell, from North and South;  Brierley, “Goosegrave Penny Readings;”  Ramsbottom, “Writing in the Dialect;” “Brierley, “The Lancashire Dialect;” Milner, “Introductory Essay in Dialect;” Cronshaw, “The Dialect in Distress”

Sheaf of poems recommended by Taryn Hakala:  “Jone o’ Grinfilt” (John of Greenfield); “The Oldham Weaver” (aka “Jone o’ Grinfilt Jr.”); Ben Brierley’s “Jone o’ Grinfilt’s Ghost;” Edwin Waugh’s “Come Whoam to thi Childer an’ Me;” Ben Brierley’s “Go Tak thi Ragg’d Childer an’ Flit”


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