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Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry

Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought

  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521433815

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  • Recent research into a self-taught tradition of English rural poetry has radically changed our view of the role of poetry in the literary culture of the eighteenth century. Here John Goodridge compares poetic accounts of rural labor by James Thomson, Stephen Duck and Mary Collier, and makes a close analysis of John Dyer's The Fleece. Goodridge goes on to explore the purpose of rural poetry and how it relates to the real world, and reveals an illuminating link between rural poetry and agricultural and folkloric developments of the time.

    • Important contribution to revisionary views on eighteenth-century poetry and culture
    • Exciting new links revealed between poetry and agricultural and folkloric developments
    • Detailed analysis of work of individual poets including Thomson, Duck, Collier, and Dyer
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    "Few scholars bring to the study of rural poetry a working knowledge of modern as well as 18th-century agricultural life. Goodridge writes about his subject as if he knows his sheep and understands the seasons and rhythms of country life....The best book on 18th-century poetry in years. Rigorous enough for period specialists and historians, but accessible to all." Choice

    "...(Goodridge) has given fellow scholars an example worth imitating." Modern Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521433815
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. 'Hard Labour We Most Chearfully Pursue': Three Poets On Rural Work:
    1. Thomson, Duck, Collier and rural realism
    2. Initiations and peak-times
    3. Three types of labour
    4. Compensations
    5. Homecomings
    Part II. 'A Pastoral Convention and a Ruminative Mind': Agricultural Prescription In The Fleece:
    6. Sheep and poetry
    7. 'Soil and clime'
    8. Environment and heredity
    9. The care of sheep
    10. The shepherd's harvest

  • Author

    John Goodridge, Nottingham Trent University

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