A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry by Christine Gerrard

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.

  • An up to date and wide-ranging advisor to eighteenth-century poetry.
  • Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken position within the research of eighteenth-century poetry during the last twenty years.
  • Opens with a piece on contexts, discussing poetry’s relationships with patriotism, politics, technology, and the visible arts, for instance.
  • Discusses poetry by way of female and male poets from all walks of existence.
  • Includes various 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 topics resembling rural poetry and the self-taught culture, British poetry 'beyond the borders', the structures of femininity, girls as writers and ladies as readers.
  • Designed for use along David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, moment version, 2003).
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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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