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Poetry and the idea of progress, 1760-1790, John Regan

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Poetry and the idea of progress, 1760-1790
Title
Poetry and the idea of progress, 1760-1790
Statement of responsibility
John Regan
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Language
eng
Summary
Poetry and the Idea of Progress, 1760-1790 explores under-examined relationships between poetry and historiography between 1760 and 1790. These were the decades of Hugh Blair's Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian, the Son of Fingal (1763) and Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (1783), Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765), Adam Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767) and Lord Monboddo's Of the Origin and Progress of Language (1774). In all these texts, verse is examined for what it can tell the historian about the progress of enlightened man to civil society. This book contends that several writers of tracts on history and poetics did not merely view verse as a sign of human progress. Rather, they recognized that the particular characteristics of verse (rhythm and metre, line endings, stress contours, rhyme, etc.) had special kinds of agency - that is, these had determining effects - on thinking about progress in the time. The special characteristics of poetry are read and, crucially, felt, as ways of understanding humankind's development from savagery to polish. The aesthetics of verse (understood as elements of taste in British discourse) mediates one's understanding of human development, focusing on how that mediation has a special shape and force that has never adequately been explored
Cataloging source
YDX
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1979-
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Regan, John
Dewey number
  • 821/.6
  • 821/.609
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR555.H5
LC item number
R33 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English poetry
  • Historiography
  • Literature and history
  • Progress
  • Progress in literature
  • Progress
  • Literature and history
  • English poetry
  • Historiography
  • Great Britain
Label
Poetry and the idea of progress, 1760-1790, John Regan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-201) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1022078772
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
211 pages
Isbn
9781783087723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1022078772
Label
Poetry and the idea of progress, 1760-1790, John Regan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-201) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1022078772
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
211 pages
Isbn
9781783087723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1022078772

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