First Follow Nature: Primitivism in English Poetry, 1725-1750

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(The section on chronological primitivism includes notes 1-105: that on cultural primitivism begins again with note 1 and continues through note 308.)


PART ONE, CHAPTER 1
1.
For the background of chronological primitivism, see such standard treatments of the subject as, A. O. Lovejoy, "Foreword," in Primitivism and the Idea of Progress in English Popular Literature of the Eighteenth Century by Lois Whitney ( 1934), pp. xi-xx, and A. O. Lovejoy and George Boas, "Prolegomena," in a Documentary History of Primitivism, I, 1-23 ( 1935). Hereafter these works will be referred to as, L. Whitney, Prim., and A. O. Lovejoy, Doc. Hist.
2.
See the section on reason and passion in part 2 of this study for further evidence of the poets' interest in this quarrel.
3.
Robert Nugent, "Epistle to Cornwallis," in Odes and Epistles, p. 36; John or Charles Wesley, "An Elegy," in The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, III, 111; John Bancks, "Lycon," in Miscellaneous Works in Verse and Prose of John Bancks, p. 21; The Fall of Virtue ( 1738), p. 3.
4.
" Spring," in The London Magazine, VII, 143 ( 1738); piece quoted, Elizabeth Rowe, "Soliloquy," in The Miscellaneous Works in Prose and Verse of Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe, p. 190.
5.
" Jove Eleutherio," in Dodsley's Miscellany, III, 42-43; passage quoted, Walter Harte, "An Essay on Reason," in Chalmers, XVI, 352.
6.
Robert Blair, The Grave, p. 23.
7.
J. or C. Wesley, "Misery," in Works, I, 61.
8.
R. Nugent, "Epistle to Cornwallis," in O. and E., p. 40.
9.
Margaret Brandwen, Early Eighteenth Century Ideas of the Origins of Society ( Columbia University M.A. Essay, 1943). For a discussion of the patriarchal theory see pp. 9-11: the reference to Bolingbroke's use of the theory is on p. 17, to Defoe, p. 30.
10.
Another description of the pastoral charm of the age is by Moses Browne , "Essay on the Universe," in Poems on Various Subjects, p. 334.
11.
James Thomson, "Castle of Indolence," I, st. 37, in The Poetical Works of James Thomson ( Oxford Edition of Standard Authors, 1908). All references to Thomson's poems are to this edition of his works. Hereafter only the name of the poem will be given, with stanza

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