The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789–1820 (Paperback)

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By Paul Lewis (Editor)
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Description


Welcome to Boston in the early years of the republic. Prepare to journey by stagecoach with a young man moving to the “bustling city”; stop by a tavern for food, drink, and conversation; eavesdrop on clerks and customers in a dry-goods shop; get stuck in what might have been Boston’s first traffic jam; and enjoy arch comments about spouses, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and poets. As Paul Lewis and his students at Boston College reveal, regional vernacular poetry—largely overlooked or deemed of little or no artistic value—provides access to the culture and daily life of the city. Selected from over 4,500 poems published during the early national period, the works presented here, mostly anonymous, will carry you back to Old Boston to hear the voices of its long-forgotten citizen poets. A rich collection of lost poetry that will beguile locals and visitors alike.

About the Author


PAUL LEWIS is a professor of English at Boston College specializing in American humor and the literary history of Boston.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781611688887
ISBN-10: 1611688884
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 232
Language: English