Rural Life In Eighteenth-century English Poetry: Rural Life In 18th-century Eng by John GoodridgeRural Life In Eighteenth-century English Poetry: Rural Life In 18th-century Eng by John Goodridge

Rural Life In Eighteenth-century English Poetry: Rural Life In 18th-century Eng

byJohn GoodridgeEditorHoward Erskine-hill, John Richetti

Paperback | December 15, 2005

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Recent research into a self-taught tradition of English rural poetry has radically changed our view of the role of poetry in the literary culture of the eighteenth century. Here John Goodridge compares poetic accounts of rural labor by James Thomson, Stephen Duck and Mary Collier, and makes a close analysis of John Dyer's The Fleece. Goodridge goes on to explore the purpose of rural poetry and how it relates to the real world, and reveals an illuminating link between rural poetry and agricultural and folkloric developments of the time.
Title:Rural Life In Eighteenth-century English Poetry: Rural Life In 18th-century EngFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:December 15, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052160432X

ISBN - 13:9780521604321

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. 'Hard Labour We Most Chearfully Pursue': Three Poets On Rural Work: 1. Thomson, Duck, Collier and rural realism; 2. Initiations and peak-times; 3. Three types of labour; 4. Compensations; 5. Homecomings; Part II. 'A Pastoral Convention and a Ruminative Mind': Agricultural Prescription In The Fleece: 6. Sheep and poetry; 7. 'Soil and clime'; 8. Environment and heredity; 9. The care of sheep; 10. The shepherd's harvest; Bibliography; Index.

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"...(Goodridge) has given fellow scholars an example worth imitating." Modern Philology