Writing the Poetry of Place in Britain, 1700-1807: Self in Landscape (Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature) (Hardcover)

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This book discusses the intrusion, often inadvertent, of personal voice into the poetry of landscape in Britain, 1700- 1807. It argues that strong conventions, such as those that inhere in topographical verse of the period, invite original poets to overstep those bounds while also shielding them from the repercussions of self-expression. Working under cover of convention in this manner and because for many of these poets place is tied in significant ways to personal history, poets of place may launch unexpected explorations into memory, personhood, and the workings of consciousness. This book thus supplements past, largely political, readings of landscape poetry, turning to questions of self-articulation and self-expression in order to argue that the autobiographical impulse is a distinctive and innovative feature of much great eighteenth-century poetry of place. Among the poets under examination are Pope, Thomson, Duck, Gray, Goldsmith, Crabbe, Cowper, Smith, and Wordsworth.

About the Author


Elizabeth R. Napier is Professor Emerita in the Department of English, Middlebury College. She has published on, among other subjects, eighteenth-century English Gothic fiction, problems of embodiment in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English fiction, and narrative strategies in the work of Daniel Defoe.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781032188171
ISBN-10: 1032188170
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 30th, 2022
Pages: 202
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature