English Romantic Writers and the West Country

Lengthy confounded with a monolithic British entity or misrepresented as Lakers and Cockneys, the various neighborhood different types of English Romanticism are ripe for reassessment. Ranging west of a line among the Wye at Tintern and Jane Austens Chawton, this ebook deals a primary reconfiguration of Romantic tradition when it comes to English nearby identity.
'This varied and soaking up booklet explores the various ways that a few of the Romantic writers, either significant and minor, came upon a neighborhood thought within the West nation. Nicholas Roe's well-judged assortment relates for the 1st time a super bankruptcy in English literary heritage, and vividly inspires a few of its so much memorable personalities.' - Seamus Perry, Balliol university, Oxford, united kingdom

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At Avebury, he imagined: [. ] sacrifices were offered and administered by the lesser orders of priests around the amber or central pyramid. 25 This populist approach was certainly self-conscious: in the first chapter of Abury, Stukeley wrote: The writers on antiquities generally find more difficulty in so handling the matter, as to make it agreeable to the reader [. 26 Although some ‘megalith poetry’ (like Samuel Daniel’s verses on Stonehenge) had already been written, the life that Stukeley breathed into mute stones was crucial in transforming prehistoric remains into prospective literary subject-matter.

However, many of his observations on megalithic monuments were included as notes and additions in Edmund Gibson’s 1695 English-language edition of Camden’s Britannia. In the addition to Wiltshire, for instance, seven competing theories about Stonehenge’s origin are cited, but among them is the notion that ‘it was a temple of the Druids [. ] which Mr John Aubrey [. 22 The manuscript of Aubrey’s work was also read in 1718 by the young Lincolnshire doctor William Stukeley. 24 Both volumes also painted in detail the Druidic ceremonies that Stukeley imagined had been performed there.

P. Howe (21 vols, London: J. M. Dent, 1930–4), xvii. 117. J. G. A. Pocock, ‘British History: a Plea for a New Subject 1973/1974’, repr. The Discovery of Islands: Essays in British History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 24–43; David Duff and Catherine Jones (eds), Scotland, Ireland and the Romantic Aesthetic (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2007); Murray Pittock, Scottish and Irish Romanticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008); John Kerrigan, Archipelagic English: Literature, History and Politics 1603–1707 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

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