ROBERTS, W. R.,
Awakening Verse. The Poetics of Early American Evangelicalism.
Oxford University Press, 2020. 296p. Hardback. Awakening Verse boldly and convincingly demonstrates the cultural potency of Evangelical poetry in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World. Its historiography jettisons national narratives, framing matters within a story of transatlantic Reformed Christianity. It does not sublate its religious history into an account of the rise of American civil religion or British social gospel. It argues that Evangelical poetry supplied greater range of expression than homiletics or hymnody because it was voiced by more women, Natives, and Africans. Finally, it reveals Evangelic verse's figural signature-espousal--differentiating its poetics from Augustan neoclassicism. A new classic of Anglo-American literary history. David S. Shields, University of South Carolina |a 13/03/2020 (Publisher's information).