Edward Taylor's Gods Determinations and Preparatory Meditations

Edward Taylor's Gods Determinations and Preparatory Meditations

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When the young minister-poet Edward Taylor moved to Westfield, Massachusetts, in November of 1671, he had written several poems. When he died there fifty-eight years later, in addition to thousands of sermons and more than 2, 000 manuscript pages of original prose, he had composed some 40, 000 lines of poetry. For two of his poetic projects in particular, Taylor is considered - with Anne Bradstreet - one of British North America's most accomplished poets. Daniel Patterson's Edward Taylor's Gods Determinations and Preparatory Meditations: A Critical Edition reconsiders the texts of Taylor's two major works for the first time since Donald Stanford's 1960 edition. This volume also offers the first complete text of all the Meditations that Taylor transcribed into his Poetical Works manuscript. The restoration of Taylor's text, however, is the most enduring value of this edition, which is designed to become the new standard edition of these poems. The scores of substantive variants and the hundreds of variants in matters of punctuation and capitalization existing between the Patterson and Stanford texts are fully reported in the back of the volume, as are all editorial emendations. Ulti... wanting to be distracted by a rustic life: the production of food, the control of predators, the fear of attacks by indigenous peoples. ... It is an elegy that consists of a ten-line double acrostic set atop a quadruple acrostic of twenty-eight iambicanbsp;...

Title:Edward Taylor's Gods Determinations and Preparatory Meditations
Author:Edward Taylor, Daniel Patterson
Publisher:Kent State University Press - 2003-01


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