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If words fall into disrepair, what will substitute? They are all we have.
Tony Judt, "Words", The New York Review of Books
The article offers a comprehensive coverage of the group of poets of working-class origin who came to prominence in significant numbers during the eighteenth century and thereafter. Its range (discussing poets as diverse as Stephen Duck, Mary Collier, Robert Bloomfield, Ann Yearsley), depth and historical expanse (offering, in addition to critical reception, over 50 titles of recommended reading) recommend it as an indispensable reference tool to all scholars interested in the development of alternative poetic tendencies in the England of the 1800s and 1900s.
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