A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry by Christine Gerrard

By Christine Gerrard

This broad-ranging spouse offers readers a radical grounding in either the historical past and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its wealthy sort.

  • An updated and wide-ranging advisor to eighteenth-century poetry.
  • Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken position within the research of eighteenth-century poetry over the last 20 years.
  • Opens with a bit on contexts, discussing poetry’s relationships with patriotism, politics, technology, and the visible arts, for instance.
  • Discusses poetry through female and male poets from all walks of existence.
  • Includes quite a few shut readings of person poems, starting from Pope’s The Rape of the Lock to Mary Collier’s The Woman’s Labour .
  • Includes extra provocative contributions on matters reminiscent of rural poetry and the self-taught culture, British poetry 'beyond the borders', the buildings of femininity, girls as writers and girls as readers.
  • Designed for use along David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, moment variation, 2003).
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    Prescott, Sarah (2005a). ” Eighteenth-Century Studies 38: 4, 587–603. Prescott, Sarah (2005b). ” In D. ), “Cultures of Whiggism”: New Essays on English Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century, 173–99. Newark: University of Delaware Press. Rogers, Pat (2005). Pope and the Destiny of the Stuarts: History, Politics, and Mythology in the Age of Queen Anne. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Urstadt, Tone Sundt (1999). Sir Robert Walpole’s Poets: The Use of Literature as Pro-Government Propaganda 1721–1742.

    13–15), and, hearing of no other celebrants of Ocean, rushes in himself: “What! none aspire? / I snatch the lyre, / And plunge into the foaming wave” (ll. 22–4). For him, the overlap between poetic theme and achievement is clear and mutually reinforcing: The main! the main! Is Britain’s reign; Her strength, her glory, is her fleet: The main! the main! Be Britain’s strain; As Tritons strong, as Syrens sweet. (ll. 43–8) Other poets glorify the Thames as the national river that allows easy access to the global flows of the oceans, and thus to all the commodities and territories that lie within reach, particularly as British shipbuilding technologies and seafaring techniques improve.

    Female poets who did write public verse tended to be loyalist in their sympathies, often addressing their works to Queen Caroline. Caroline, who had wide-ranging cultural interests, including theology, art, and poetry, was one of the few monarchs to offer patronage to poets such as Richard Savage and Stephen Duck. The Welsh poet Jane Brereton, under her nom de plume “Melissa,” celebrated Queen Caroline’s erection of “Merlin’s Cave,” her garden building in Richmond Park, linking herself as Welsh poet with the Hanoverians’ attempts to graft themselves onto British and even Celtic roots (Prescott 2005a).

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