Criticism of the Verse in The Peries
The goal of this section is to focus explicitly on the functions of the verse within The Tales of The Peries. In crafting the poetic elements, Leyden works to produce his very own "bibliographic imagination" founded upon contemporary literary traditions. The verse serves to reference these movements and to create an additional layer of literary merit within the larger context of the manuscript. In this respect, the poetic content can be considered as revealing Leyden's personal hope for The Tales of The Peries to be included among the greater works of his generation.
Below are links to the analyses of several aspects of the verse, focusing specifically on poetic form, authorial intent, and the contemporary literary movements surrounding the production of this tale: