Poetry of the Industrial Revolution in the West Midlands c.1730-1800


By Dee Cornwallis-Doran, published 1st March 2007

There is a view that the poetry of the eighteenth century began with moralising neo-classical satire, that this was followed by insipid pastoral, and that the century closed with the advent of the Romantic. This view is simplistic. While at particular times particular types of poetry might have predominated (and while the aforementioned categories do include much good poetry), throughout the century poetry in a variety of forms and styles, and on a wide range...

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