The Triumph of Augustan Poetics: English Literary Culture from Butler to Johnson

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The Triumph of Augustan Poetics offers an important and original reevaluation of the transition from Baroque to Augustan in English Literature. Starting with Butler's outrageous burlesque, Hudibras, Blanford Parker describes the origins of Augustan satire and its momentous departure from the religious and social writing of an earlier era. He goes on to explain the creation, from the ruins of satire, of a new poetry of nature and everyday life (emerging most significantly in the work of Pope and Thomson), and the ...
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Overview

The Triumph of Augustan Poetics offers an important and original reevaluation of the transition from Baroque to Augustan in English Literature. Starting with Butler's outrageous burlesque, Hudibras, Blanford Parker describes the origins of Augustan satire and its momentous departure from the religious and social writing of an earlier era. He goes on to explain the creation, from the ruins of satire, of a new poetry of nature and everyday life (emerging most significantly in the work of Pope and Thomson), and the ambiguous or hostile responses of writers including Samuel Johnson.
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"...Parker...offers a new understanding of the relationship between the Augustan mode and the modes of preceding ages." Choice

"Despite this study's massive theological, historical, nd poetic frame of reference, the book is clearly written and can thus be recommended to common reader and scholar alike." SJSSC Newsletter

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Samuel Butler and the end of analogy 25
2 Transitional Augustan poetry 61
3 Pope and mature Augustanism 96
4 Thomson and the invention of the literal 136
5 The four poles of the Christian imagination in relation to Augustanism 174
6 The fideist reaction 196
7 Johnson and fideism 231
Index 250
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    St;rictly for Academics

    This book is a largely speculative account of a literary era of interest only to professional academics. Laymen are likely to be bored silly by it.

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