The Language of Natural Description in Eighteenth-Century Poetry: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Language of Natural Description in Eighteenth-Century Poetry

1st Edition

By John Arthos


476 pages

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Hardback: 9780367862381
pub: 2020-03-16
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Originally published in 1949, this title was written in order to help establish a better understanding of the ‘stock diction’ of eighteenth-century English poetry, and, in particular, of the diction commonly used in the description of nature. The language characteristic of so much of the poetry of this period had been severely criticized for a long time. But in the twenty or thirty years prior to publication some effort had been made to review the subject and the problem. However, several questions still remained unanswered, and more exhaustive analysis needed to be undertaken. This volume was an effort to provide answers for some of these questions and to begin the analysis that was required.

Table of Contents

Preface. Note of the Citations. 1. The Elements of Stock Diction 2. The Application of Natural History to Poetry 3. The Formation of a Scientific Language for Natural Description 4. Stability and Change in the Language of Natural Philosophy 5. The Interchange of Scientific Language and Poetic Diction. Appendixes. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

John Arthos

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: 18th Century Literature

This 13 volume set contains titles, originally published between 1949 and 1991. Focusing on eighteenth-century England it includes titles which examine novels, drama and poetry from the time. There are titles that discuss the literature in a historical, sociological and political context as well as from a feminist perspective. Other texts look at the language and structure used in literature and how it has evolved over time. This collection will be of interest to students of literature and literary theory.

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LITERARY COLLECTIONS / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh