The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 17th and 18th Centuries takes its place within a four-volume set on British poetry from the beginnings to the present. As the other volumes do, this one considers British poetry to include that written by English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh poets. Entries address a number of topics, including poets, individual poems, themes important to the period’s poetry (such as carpe diem), genres and forms important in the period (such as the elegy, aubade, and ballad), and poetic groups and movements (including the Cavalier poets and the Tribe of Ben). The selection of poets and poems covered in the volume was based on their appearance in high school and college anthologies and textbooks. In addition, other less popular poems were chosen for their historical, cultural, or aesthetic significance. Entries avoid difficult jargon, making this work accessible to students of literature and general readers, but the aim of this book is to provide not only basic information but also appropriate critical commentary.