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Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

Howard Erskine-Hill


This book studies the relation between poetry and politics in English literature from Dryden to Wordsworth. It reveals that the major tradition of political allusion is not, as has often been argued, that of the political allegory and overtly political poems, but rather it reflects a more shifting and less systematic practice, often involving equivocal or multiple reference. Drawing on the revisionist trend in recent historiography, the book offers readings of familiar texts. Dryden's Aeneid version and Pope's Rape of The Lock are shown to belong not just to contemporary convention, but to a m ... More

Keywords: poetry and politics, English literature, political allusion, political allegory, political poems, Dryden, Pope, New Historicist Romantic criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198121770
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Erskine-Hill, author
University of Cambridge

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