Patriotism and Poetry in Eighteenth-Century Britain

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Cambridge University Press, 17‏/11‏/2005 - 328 من الصفحات
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Publisher Description (unedited publisher data) The poetry of the mid and late eighteenth century has long been regarded as primarily private and apolitical; in this wide-ranging study Dustin Griffin argues that in fact the poets of the period were addressing the great issues of national life - rebellion at home, imperial wars abroad, an expanding commercial empire, an emerging new 'British' national identity. Taking up the topic of patriotic verse, Griffin shows that the poets, like many contemporary essayists, sermon writers, and political journalists, were engaged in the century-long debate about the nature of 'true patriotism'. Griffin argues that canonical figures - James Thomson, William Collins, Thomas Gray, Christopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith, William Cowper - along with less canonical writers such as Mark Akenside, John Dyer, and Ann Yearsley ask how poets might serve and even save their country, and take their place in a broader tradition of patriotic verse. Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English poetry 18th century History and criticism, Politics and literature Great Britain History 18th century, Patriotism Great Britain History 18th century, Political poetry, English History and criticism, Patriotism in literature.

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The eighteenthcentury debate about patriotism
Patriotic odes and patriotpoets
to mix the Patriots with
great citizen of Albion
Virtues Patriot Theme
some great and singular service
sedulous for the public weal
half a patriot
the female patriot
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Dustin Griffin is Professor of English at New York University. He is the author of a number of books on Restoration and eighteenth-century English literature, including Satires on Man: The Poems of Rochester (1973), Alexander Pope: The Poet in the Poems (1978), Regaining Paradise: Milton and the Eighteenth Century (1986), Satire: A Critical Re-Introduction (1994), and Literary Patronage in England, 1650-1800 (Cambridge 1996).

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