Patriotism and Poetry in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Patriotism and Poetry in Eighteenth-Century Britain

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The poetry of the mid- and late-eighteenth century has long been regarded as primarily private and apolitical; in this wide-ranging study Dustin Griffin argues that in fact the poets of the period were addressing the great issues of national life--rebellion at home, imperial wars abroad, an expanding commercial empire, an emerging new British national identity. Taking up the topic of patriotic verse, Griffin shows that poets such as Thomas Gray, Christopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith, and William Cowper were engaged in the century-long debate about the nature of true patriotism.By the end of the short essay, whose tone is largely one of detached amusement, Goldsmith argues not for ... An unthinking support for aquot;patrioticaquot; war may succeed in weakening rather than strengthening the very land one claims to love.

Title:Patriotism and Poetry in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Author:Dustin Griffin
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2005-11-17


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