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

Paperback | December 3, 2009

byAbigail Williams

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Poetry and the Creation of Whig Literary Culture offers a new perspective on early eighteenth century poetry and literary culture, arguing that long-neglected Whig poets such as Joseph Addison, John Dennis, Thomas Tickell, and Richard Blackmore were more popular and successful in their owntime than they have been since. These and other Whig writers produced elevated poetry celebrating the political and military achievements of William III's Britain, and were committed to an ambitious project to create a distinctively Whiggish English literary culture after the Revolution of 1688. Farfrom being the penniless hacks and dunces satirized by John Dryden and the Scriblerians, they were supported by the patronage of the wealthy Whig aristocracy, and their works promoted as a new English literature to rival that of classical Greece and Rome. 'Poetry and the Creation of Whig LiteraryCulture' maps for the first time the evolution of an alternative early eighteenth-century poetic tradition which is central to our understanding of the literary history of the period.

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Poetry and the Creation of Whig Literary Culture offers a new perspective on early eighteenth century poetry and literary culture, arguing that long-neglected Whig poets such as Joseph Addison, John Dennis, Thomas Tickell, and Richard Blackmore were more popular and successful in their owntime than they have been since. These and other...

Abigail Williams is Fellow and Tutor in English at St. Peter's College at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199558620

ISBN - 13:9780199558629

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Rereading Whig literary culture1. The Tory Critique of Whig Literature2. Moderation, Fanaticism and 'the people', 1681-16883. Legitimacy and the Warrior King, 1688-17024. Poetic Warfare, 1702-17145. The Sublime and the Liberty of Writing6. Patronage and the Public Writer in Whig Literary CultureConclusion: Whig AfterlivesBiographical AppendixBibliography

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"It will...constitute a valuable resource for both literary and historical students of the period." --David Hopkins, Notes and Queries