Ossian

(2547 words)
  • Dafydd Moore

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay


In December 1761 James Macpherson published Fingal: An Ancient Epic Poem in Six Books; Together with Several other Poems by Ossian, son of Fingal. In March 1763 he repeated the trick with Temora: An Ancient Epic Poem in Eight Books; Together with Several other Poems by Ossian, son of Fingal. One of the most important works of the movement of Sensibility and a seminal text for the early Romantic movement, the enthusiasm and controversy generated by the poems, and the influence they had upon two generations of European writers, artists and musicians, made Ossian one of the most important names in English literature in the second half of the eighteenth century. Ossian provoked extreme responses - most were bowled …

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Citation:
Moore, Dafydd. "Ossian". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 October 2004
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