England and Englishness: Ideas of Nationhood in English Poetry, 1688-1900


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John Lucas' study examines how the notion of "Englishness" is expressed in English poetry. His subject is not patriotism, but the way poets are forced to place themselves in a tradition, a relationship to the State and the Establishment, sometimes as apologists, sometimes as rebels and outsiders. Through close readings of poets from Pope and ...

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