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Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought : Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry Series Number 27 - John Goodridge

Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought

Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry Series Number 27

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Published: 15th December 2005
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Recent research into a self-taught tradition of English rural poetry has begun to offer a radically new dimension to our view of the role of poetry in the literary culture of the eighteenth century. In this important new study John Goodridge offers a detailed reading of key rural poems of the period, examines the ways in which eighteenth-century poets adapted Virgilian Georgic models, and reveals an illuminating link between rural poetry and agricultural and folkloric developments. Goodridge compares poetic accounts of rural labour by James Thomson, Stephen Duck, and Mary Collier, and makes a close analysis of one of the largely forgotten didactic epics of the eighteenth century, John Dyer's The Fleece. Through an exploration of the purpose of rural poetry and how it relates to the real world, Goodridge breaks through the often brittle surface of eighteenth-century poetry, to show how it reflects the ideologies and realities of contemporary life.

'Goodridge provides a fascinating interdisciplinary approach to his subject which other critics of the rural tradition in literature would benefit from following.' John Clare Society Journal 'Although this is a book which is specialised, it is of much interest and importance to those studying rural poetry, rural labour history or agricultural history.' John Clare Society Journal

Introduction
'Hard Labour We Most Chearfully Pursue': Three Poets On Rural Work
Thomson, Duck, Collier and rural realism
Initiations and peak-times
Three types of labour
Compensations
Homecomings
'A Pastoral Convention and a Ruminative Mind': Agricultural Prescription In The Fleece
Sheep and poetry
'Soil and clime'
Environment and heredity
The care of sheep
The shepherd's harvest
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521604321
ISBN-10: 052160432X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 15th December 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36