Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past, 1660-1781

Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past, 1660-1781

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Concentrating on the period 1660-1781, this book explores how the English literary past was made. It charts how antiquarians unearthed the raw materials of the English (or more widely) British tradition; how scholars drafted narratives about the development of native literature; and how critics assigned the leading writers to canons of literary greatness. Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past also analyzes the various kinds of occasion on which the contents of the literary past are rehearsed. Discussed, for example, is the rise of Poets' Corner as a national shrine for the consecration of literary worthies; and the author also considers a wide range of poetic genres that lent themselves to recitals of the literary past: the funeral elegy, the progress-of-poesy poem and the session of the poets poem. The book concludes that the opening up and ordering of the English literary past occurs earlier than is generally supposed; and the same also applies to the process bywhich women writers achieve their own distinctive form of canonical recognition.Popea#39;s Essay on Criticism, for example, relentlessly contrasts the different sort of books produced by creative writers and ... beginning with the conundrum raised in the opening lines about whether a#39;greater Want of Skill I Appear in Writing or in ... 4a#39; Letter to Charles, Earl of Dorset, in ibid, i: 109. a#39;Ad Cited from Spmgarn (ed.)anbsp;...

Title:Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past, 1660-1781
Author: Richard G. Terry
Publisher:Oxford University Press on Demand - 2001

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