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Topographical poetry


  • Poetry about specific geographic locations.

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    • Topographical poetry
  • Variants

    • Chorographic poetry
    • Chorographical poetry
    • Poems of places
    • Poetry of places
    • Topographic poetry
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    • found: Work cat.: Waldman, A. Countries : poems, 1980(contents: Girl, England -- How English can you get -- Welsh words song -- Aberystwyth -- Van Gogh's room -- Landschaft -- In Gordon's studio, Rome -- On the train through Bulgaria -- Couchette -- Albania -- Hotel Ediz -- In Naga land, Nepal)
    • found: Poems of places, 1876-1879(31 volume set edited by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; contents: [v. 1-4] England and Wales -- [v. 5] Ireland -- [v. 6-8] Scotland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden -- [v. 9-10] France and Savoy -- [v. 11-13] Italy -- [v. 14-15] Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland -- [v. 16] Switzerland -- [v. 17-18] Germany -- [v. 19] Greece and Turkey in Europe -- [v. 20] Russia -- [v. 21-23] Asia -- [v. 24] Africa -- [v. 25-30] America -- [v. 31] Oceanica)
    • found: Here and there : 100 poems about places, 1967.
    • found: Bethell, J. Llangunnor Hill : a loco-descriptive poem, 1794.
    • found: Aubin, R.A. Topographical poetry in XVIII-century England, 1936.
    • found: RBMS controlled vocabularies: genre terms, viewed Oct. 2, 2018(Poetry of places. Scope Note: Use for collections of poetry about several places in various parts of the world. Used For: Topographical poetry. Broader Term: Poems)
    • found: LCSH, Oct. 2, 2018(Poetry of places. UF Topographical poetry. BT Local color in literature. BT Poetry. RT Cities and towns in literature. SN Here are entered collections of poetry about several places in various parts of the world. Poetry about individual places is entered under the name of the place with subdivision Poetry)
    • found: Baldick, C. Oxford dictionary of literary terms, 2008, via ProQuest Literature online, Oct. 2, 2018(topographical poetry: Poetry devoted to the description of specific places, usually with additional meditative passages. Following John Denham's poem 'Cooper's Hill' (1642), topographical poetry became a significant genre of English verse throughout the 18th century, culminating in the poems of Wordsworth, notably his 'Lines Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey, on revisiting the banks of the Wye during a tour. July 13, 1798' (usually called 'Tintern Abbey'). This kind of poetry is sometimes called loco-descriptive verse)
    • found: Hirsch, E. The essential poet's glossary, 2017(topographical poetry; aims chiefly at describing specifically named actual localities; it re-creates a landscape or a generalized prospect, which is why C.V. Deane called it "prospect poetry"; the archaic term chorography (from the Greek: "writing about countries") is used interchangeably with topographical poetry)
    • found: Strachan, J. Poetry : an introduction, 2000:glossary (topographic poetry: Verse which portrays a particular place, whether city, town or landscape. Topographic poetry generally also includes meditative sections in which the poet describes his or her reaction to the topography)
    • found: The concise Oxford companion to English literature, 2007, via ProQuest Literature online, Oct. 2, 2018(topographical poetry; Cooper's Hill (1642) by Denham is an early example of a genre that flourished principally in the 18th cent. Many topographical poems are also "prospect poems", i.e. written from a high point, surveying a large view, and many were written in praise of particular parks, estates, and gardens, evidently in the hope of patronage. The genre had a renewed vogue in the late 20th cent., when the emphasis has been less on the country estate, more on the vanishing rural scene)
    • found: Galbraith, D.I. Architectonics of imitation in Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton, ©2000:p. 115 (chorography; well-established tradition of chorographical poetry in antiquity. Ausonius's fourth-century poem, 'Mosella,' offers a description of a journey down the Moselle river; poems emphasize the geographical and topographical features of the landscapes) p. 119 (chorographical verse; chorographic poetry in English)
  • General Notes

    • Poetry about specific geographic locations.
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    • 2018-10-02: new
    • 2018-12-11: revised
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