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I was educated in the UK at the universities of Exeter and Cambridge, where I wrote my Ph.D on Shakespeare's metrics. I came to Monash in 1980 (for a two-year appointment!) and now teach poetry, Shakespeare and other Renaissance English literature in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics. My publications on metre include a theoretical monograph (Strange Music: The Metre of the English Heroic Line, ELS Monograph Series 74, Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria, 1998), and Rhythm and Meaning in Shakespeare: A Guide for Readers and Actors (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2013) and a series of articles on poets from Chaucer to Philip Larkin; I have also published (with Dr Geoffrey Hiller) an edition of Samuel Daniel's poetry, an annotated anthology of the seventeenth-century Theophrastan character, and anthologies of literary writing on the English country house and (most recently) London. I am currently working on the theory of verse-movement.

Education/Academic qualification

English, First class Honours, University of Exeter

30 Sep 197230 Jun 1975

English, Ph.D, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 197510 Aug 1979

Research area keywords

  • Stylistics
  • Meter/Metre
  • Shakespeare
  • Elizabethan/Jacobean drama
  • Style
  • Pope
  • Hopkins
  • Versification
  • Syntactic Style
  • rhetoric
  • Milton

Research Output

An Anthology of London in Literature, 1558-1914: Flower of cities All

Hiller, G. (ed.), Groves, P. (ed.) & Dilnot, A. (ed.), 2019, Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 251 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

What, if anything, is a caesura? The ontology of the ‘pause’ in English heroic verse

Groves, P., 1 Aug 2019, In : Language and Literature. 28, 3, p. 263-279 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Introduction: The English country house in literature

Groves, P. L., 2015, The English Country House in Literature: A Critical Selection. Hiller, G. G. (ed.). Clayton VIC Australia: Monash University Publishing, p. XV - XXXV 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

'My heart dances': Performing emotion through Shakespeare's rhythms

Groves, P. L., 2015, Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies. White, R. S., Houlahan, M. & O'Loughlin, K. (eds.). Basingstoke Hampshire UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 83 - 94 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

“Unheedy haste”: Interruptions, overlaps, and Shakespeare’s directing hand

Groves, P., 2015, In : Voice and Speech Review. 9, 2-3, p. 139-148 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review