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... the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, "Worship"
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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