Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth [Reading] ➶ Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth By Howard Erskine-Hill – Thomashillier.co.uk This is a major study of the relation between poetry and politics from the 1688 Revolution to the early years of the nineteenth century focusing in particular on the works of Dryden Pope Johnson and W This is Opposition and PDF/EPUB Ã a major study of the relation between poetry and politics from the Revolution to the early years of the nineteenth century focusing in particular on the works of Dryden Poetry of PDF/EPUB or Pope Johnson and Wordsworth Building on his argument in Poetry and the Realm of Politics Shakespeare to Dryden also available from OUP Erskine Hill argues that the major tradition of political allusion is of Opposition and PDF/EPUB Â not as has often been argued that of political allegory and overtly political poems but rather a shifting and less systematic practice often involving euivocal or multiple reference.


2 thoughts on “Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

  1. Nelson Nelson says:

    Carries on arguments made by Erskine Hill in other places The move to argue for a elusive form of allusion especially in the cases of Pope and Johnson seems like an elaborate ruse to have your cake and eat it too In other words even the most tenuous links between politics and literature become grounds to build rather lofty edifices In the case of Pope this straining takes the form of following the lead of Douglas Brooks Davies to argue that the young poet was not merely a prime example of emotional Jacobitism but rather someone with much stronger political allegiances to the exiled Stuarts Some really thin readings the card game in The Rape of the Lock for instance yield direct identifications the king of spades is the Spanish king and so on that enable such moves supposedly but then the identifications are also claimed to be less specific than that a web of dense subtle allusion which resists simple elucidation Which is it? The material on Johnson revisits and rehearses arguments made by J C D Clark Erskine Hill and others identifying Johnson as a non juring Jacobite As befits the fact that he seems the least shrill and most evidence based of this crew Erskine Hill manages the most judicious and balanced of the many attempts at this argument and it is still not yet convincing Perhaps the best part of the book is the opening section on Dryden where Erskine Hill's careful teasing out of nuance and limited claims has the biggest payoff in terms of explaining texts well The editing of the volume is pretty slipshod by Clarendon's standards basic misspellings Locke for lock many times and typesetting errors abound


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