Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 08 December 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter explores the introduction of English poetry into schoolrooms and lecture halls during the eighteenth century. It considers some of the textbooks most instrumental in this process, as well as the syllabi followed in various educational institutions. Most attention is focused on Dissenting academies and Scottish universities, which pioneered the rise of poetry as a taught subject at higher levels of study. However, the chapter argues that the objectives toward which poetry was taught during this period are not necessarily ones with which we would identify nowadays. The teaching of poetry was mainly subordinated to a larger set of aspirations, such as the improvement of communication skills or, in connection with Scottish institutions, the mission of cultural anglicization.

Keywords: poetry, education, universities, Dissenting academies, Scotland

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.