Monthly Archives: October 2011

Lowth and Handel

Handel’s Choice of Hercules (1750) is based on a poem by Robert Lowth, called ‘The Judgement of Hercules’ (1743). The poem was published in Glasgow, and the title-page reads that it was written ‘By a Student of Oxford’. Eventually, Lowth changed the title … Continue reading

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TLS review

The Bishop’s Grammar was reviewed in last week’s Times Literary Supplement. The reviewer, Jack Lynch, focussed on a well-known stricture that is often associated with Lowth, preposition stranding. The use of preposition stranding is usually, even today, criticised because it is believed … Continue reading

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