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Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Herbert F. Tucker


This book provides a connected history of epic poetry in Britain between the French Revolution and the First World War. Although epic is widely held to have been shouldered aside by the novel, if not invalidated in advance by modernity, in fact the genre was practiced without interruption across the long 19th century by nearly every prominent Romantic and Victorian poet, and by shoals of poetasters into the bargain. Poets kept the epic alive by revising its conventions to meet an overlapping series of changing realities: insurgent democracy, Napoleonic war, the rise of class consciousness and ... More

Keywords: epic, poetry, Romantic, Victorian, narrative, convention, unity, modernity, tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199232987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herbert F. Tucker, author
University of Virginia
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