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Poetry and the Creation of a Whig Literary Culture 1681-1714

Abigail Williams


Although the Whig parliamentary party secured a political hegemony in the first half of the 18th century, the poets that shared these politics are marginal figures. This book offers a fresh perspective on the literary culture of the period, arguing that many long-neglected Whig poets — frequently derided as hacks and dunces by prominent writers such as Pope and Dryden — actually enjoyed considerable success and acclaim in their own time. Authors such as Joseph Addison, John Dennis, and Thomas Tickell saw themselves and were seen as part of an ambitious project to remodel and reform English lit ... More

Keywords: patronage, literary culture, poetic canon, politics, Pope, Dryden, political liberties, Addison, William III

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199255207
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail Williams, author
Fellow and Tutor in English at St Peter's College, University of Oxford
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