Aspects of Eighteenth Century Nature Poetry

Aspects of Eighteenth Century Nature Poetry

Aspects of Eighteenth Century Nature Poetry

Aspects of Eighteenth Century Nature Poetry

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This study, which was undertaken during the tenure of a Harrison Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, aims to provide a fresh estimate of the positive values of neo-classic and pre-romantic nature poetry. Since most of the adverse criticism of this phase of literature tends to concentrate either upon the poetic diction or the pseudopictorial 'composition' of descriptive poetry, an attempt has been made to arrive at a better understanding of these subjects than has prevailed hitherto. Particular emphasis has been laid, throughout the inquiry, on the need for discriminating between a lifeless and an imaginative use of conventional poetic language, and between a pictorial and a poetic sense of design.

My special thanks are due to Professor J. C. Mendenhall, of the University of Pennsylvania, for many valuable suggestions, and for the continuous interest he has taken in the progress of the work. The account of John Philips is reprinted here with the kind permission of the editor of the Cambridge Review.

Colchester; October 1935. C. V.D.

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