Trinity of Discord Hardback

The Hymnal and Poetic Innovations of Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, and William Cowper

by Richard Arnold;

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Trinity of Discord

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The three writers examined in Richard Arnold's "Trinity of Discord", Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, and William Cowper, are known as famous poets, but are also the greatest and most popularly compiled and used hymn-writers of all time. While masters of their kind, they were so remarkably different, considering they were working in the same (and quite new) genre. Moreover, when considered in their poetic-historical contexts, it is noteworthy that Watts can be seen as an archetypal Neoclassicist (not unlike Pope and Johnson), Wesley as a transitional pre-Romantic (not unlike Gray and Collins), and Cowper a thoroughgoing Romantic (not unlike Wordsworth and Coleridge, but with a much sharper psychological edge). Most noteworthy is that Watts, Wesley, and Cowper come before their later counterparts and their respective movements: their importance to mainstream or canonical literary history cannot be overestimated. In terms of the hymn's development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, these three stand as beacons in the genre, if not individual species of a multiform genre itself.
In their time and context, these three were, while paradoxically out of tune with the status quo, and radically different from each other, forging a new and everlasting genre, one born out of a veritable trinity of discord.

Trinity of Discord by Richard Arnold was published by Peter Lang Publishing Inc in August 2012. The ISBN for Trinity of Discord is 9781433119040.

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Details for Trinity of Discord

Page last updated 4th August 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc (August 2012)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages162
Thickness15 mm
Height230 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code4052923
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