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Author Murphy, Peter T., author

Title Poetry as an occupation and an art in Britain, 1760-1830 / Peter T. Murphy
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1993
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 270 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; 3
Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; 3
Contents 1. James MacPherson -- 2. Robert Burns -- 3. James Hogg -- 4. Walter Scott -- 5. William Wordsworth
Summary Peter Murphy's book examines the tension between the material, economic pressures motivating poetry as an occupation, and traditional notions of the forces of literary history defining poetry as an art. It focuses on five writers in the Romantic period: James MacPherson, Robert Burns, James Hogg, Walter Scott, and William Wordsworth. The first four are Scottish; the economic and linguistic status of Scotland during the period makes its writers especially interesting as examples of poetic ambition. Murphy's study then crosses the border into England, offering a new perspective on Wordsworth's poetic ambition and career. Murphy's engagement throughout with the ballad revival yields fresh insights into some major concerns of the Romantic period: the interest in the primitive and the simple, experiments with poetic form, the problematics of loss, and the emergence of a new literary culture
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Subject Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History.
Poetry -- Authorship -- History.
Romanticism -- Great Britain.
English poetry -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English poetry -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511519062
Other Titles Poetry as an Occupation et an Art in Britain, 1760-1830