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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume VIII. The Age of Dryden.

IX. The Prosody of the Seventeenth Century


A. General Works on Subject

Saintsbury, G. History of English Prosody, vol. II, bk. v, chaps. II-V; bk. VI. 1908.

—— Historical Manual of English Prosody. 1910.

Omond, T. S. English Metrists. Oxford, 1907.

Schipper, Jakob. History of English versification. Oxford, 1910

B. Original Texts

Beaumont, Sir John. To his Late Majesty James I Concerning the true form of English Poetry. 1629, but written earlier. Rptd. in Chalmers’s Poets, vol. VI.

Dryden, John. References scattered over Essays and Prefaces, collected in Essays of John Dryden, ed. Ker, W. P., Oxford, 1900.

J. D. Introduction to Joshua Poole’s English Parnassus. 1656. 2nd ed. 1677.

Jonson, Benjamin. Slight references in English Grammar (1640): hardly any in Explorata or Discoveries (1640); more in Conversations with Drummond (1842). All reprinted in Cunningham’s Works of Ben Jonson, 1875.

Milton, John. Note on the Verse added in 1668 ed. of Paradise Lost: a few glances in text of poems.

Woodford, Samuel. Introductions to Paraphrases of the Psalms, 1667, and Canticles, 1679.