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Poetry as an Occupation and an Art in Britain, 1760-1830 : Cambridge Studies in Romanticism - Peter T. Murphy

Poetry as an Occupation and an Art in Britain, 1760-1830

Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

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Published: 31st May 2004
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Peter Murphy's book examines the tension between the material, economic pressures motivating poetry as an occupation, and traditional notions of the forces of literary history defining poetry as an art. It focuses on five writers in the Romantic period: James MacPherson, Robert Burns, James Hogg, Walter Scott, and William Wordsworth. The first four are Scottish; the economic and linguistic status of Scotland during the period makes its writers especially interesting as examples of poetic ambition. Murphy's study then crosses the border into England, offering a new perspective on Wordsworth's poetic ambition and career. Murphy's engagement throughout with the ballad revival yields fresh insights into some major concerns of the Romantic period: the interest in the primitive and the simple, experiments with poetic form, the problematics of loss, and the emergence of a new literary culture.

Introduction
James MacPherson
Robert Burns
James Hogg
Walter Scott
William Wordsworth
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521440851
ISBN-10: 0521440858
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 31st May 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.59