Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno – Edited and Introduced by R J Dent

jubilateagno01‘There is no poem in English poetry that serves as a precursor to Jubilate Agno.‘  (Jeremy Reed)

After many years, Christopher Smart’s bold, eccentric, powerful and moving epic poem Jubilate Agno is finally available to readers in a brand new, accessible edition.

Jubilate Agno is a vast free-form poem written between 1759 and 1763, during Smart’s confinement for insanity in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethnal Green, London. The poem was first published in 1939, under the title Rejoice in the Lamb: A Song from Bedlam, edited by W. F. Stead from Smart’s manuscript, which Stead had discovered in a private library.

Jubilate Agno is an important example of eighteenth-century free verse that has been unavailable to readers of poetry for many years. It is an obvious precursor to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and to Allan Ginsberg’s Howl.

This brand new edition of Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno is edited and introduced by R J Dent.

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