Restoration Verse, 1660-1715

Restoration Verse, 1660-1715

Restoration Verse, 1660-1715

Restoration Verse, 1660-1715

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Restoration poetry was until recently neglected or misunderstood, and its representation in anthologies has been perfunctory and unsympathetic. This must be the excuse for an attempt to bring together typical examples of the verse of the period, and to consider them in relation to their own rather than to other aims and ideals. The better-known poets are represented at some length, to illustrate the individual characters of their contributions to the general accomplishment: the minor and anonymous verse of the period is almost for the first time made available to the general reader. It is hoped that at least one-third of the verse now collected will be new to all but professed students. An anthology can never be more than an introduction to its subject, but perhaps this book will make it possible for the first time to appreciate Restoration poetry as not a negligible part of our poetic heritage. The period has often been hurried over as merely transitional between Caroline and Eighteenth Century, or suppressed as a rather disgraceful interruption to a conveniently regular development English poetry. One reason for this is the course of critical research and re-discovery: to the eighteenth cen tury . . .

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