By Christine Gerrard
This broad-ranging significant other provides readers an intensive grounding in either the heritage and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its wealthy style.
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Our pure Religion, long the Mark of Rome, Repriev’d by You Escapes her final Doom. (ll. 11–14) 24 Suvir Kaul Second, Centlivre invokes that central token of “Britishness,” the goddess Liberty, and, as is often the case in this period, represents her as under threat. ) Unnumber’d Joys You to Britannia bring, And Io Pæans thro’ the Nation ring. Delightful Liberty, with Fears half dead, Hears the glad Noise, and rears her pleasing Head; Her slacken’d Nerves their former Strength regain, And she her Life redates from George’s Reign.
Even John Gay, Pope’s and Swift’s impecunious friend, traveling as secretary to Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, paid court to the incoming royal family in hopes of poetic preferment. Within a few weeks of Anne’s death on 1 August 1714 the die was cast. George I formed his new ministry almost entirely of Whigs. Lord Bolingbroke, who only the week before Anne’s death had emerged victorious from his party leadership struggle with his rival Robert Harley, fled to the “Pretender” James’s service in France – where he remained, proscribed and stripped of his title, for the next decade.
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