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Dryden and Pope in the Early Nineteenth-Century
A Study of Changing Literary Taste 1800–1830


  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521129206

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  • It is still widely believed that in 1798 English literature became 'romantic' overnight. This is not so, of course: the Lyrical Ballads appeared almost unnoticed, and for many more years the prevailing patterns of taste seemed hardly challenged by any innovations. Indeed it was only from the 1830s onwards that 'romanticism' became the new othrodoxy. Dr Amarasinghe's book studies the main plank in the platform of the old attitudes: respect for the poetry of Dryden and Pope and the associated values. He shows a curious process: a change from convinced or idolatrous endorsement of Augustan verse and thought, via the perception in Dryden and Pope of 'romantic' elements, to their eventual dismissal as 'classics of our prose'. Incidentally, one sees how other poets, especially the Elizabethan dramatists, were revalued in the process. This neatly conducted argument is a model survey of how changes in literary taste are brought about. This particular change, from the 'line of wit' through the 'fairy way of writing' to full-blown romanticism was one of the most momentous in English literary history and this book helps the reader to see it more clearly and accurately.

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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521129206
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Editions of the Augustan Poets:
    1. Editions of Dryden
    2. Editions of Pope
    Part II. Periodical Literature:
    3. The Edinburgh Review
    4. The Quarterly Review
    5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
    6. The 'Pope controversy' and the minor reviews
    Part III. Other Contemporary Sources:
    7. Anti-Augustan criticism
    8. Pro-Augustan criticism
    9. Conclusion

  • Author

    Upali Amarasinghe

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