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Literary Manuscripts (Leeds)


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17th and 18th Century Poetry from The Brotherton Library, University of Leeds


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This path-breaking project offers literary scholars the opportunity to examine complete facsimile images of all 182 manuscripts in the celebrated Brotherton Collection of 17th and 18th century verse at the University of Leeds. These manuscripts can be read and explored in conjunction with the powerful BCMSV database which lists first lines, last lines, attribution, author, title, date, length, verse form, content, bibliographic references, MS and record number for over 6,600 poems within the collection.

The 'content' field contains a summary of the subject matter and/or genre of the poem, in the cataloguer's own words and is especially helpful when searching for themes. An attempt has been made to use the same terms for the same concepts and to include terms such as 'love', 'religious', 'satire', 'pastoral'. Also noted are proper names central to the subject of the poem, and classical or biblical sources.

The manuscripts range from contemporary copies of poems by writers like Colvil, Dryden, Fairfax and Pope to popular tags and epitaphs. Many of the manuscripts are miscellanies and commonplace books which have never previously been indexed. One example is Lady Hester Pulter's Poems breathed forth by the nobel Hadassas - a collection of poetry, c.1645-1665, comprising a single volume and several loos sheets, predominantly in a scribal hand with insertions and revisions in two other hands, one perhaps autograph. It also includes part of a novel, The Unfortunate Florinda. Another example is a poetical commonplace book, in several hands, c.1740-1804, partly compiled by Eliza Marriott.

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