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Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past: 1660-1781

Richard Terry


Concentrating on the period 1660-1781, this book explores how the English literary past was made. It charts how antiquarians unearthed the raw materials of the English (or more widely) British tradition; how scholars drafted narratives about the development of native literature; and how critics assigned the leading writers to canons of literary greatness. It also analyses the various kinds of occasion on which the contents of the literary past are rehearsed. Discussed, for example, is the rise of Poets' Corner as a national shrine for the consecration of literary worthies. The book also consid ... More

Keywords: English literature, poetry, Poets' Corner, funeral elegy, progress-of-poesy poem, session-of-the-poets poem, women writers, poetic genres, literary past

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186236
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186236.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Terry, author
Reader in Eighteenth-Century English Literature, University of Sunderland
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