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Discuss the prominent features of neoclassical literature in "The Vanity of Human Wishes."

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The neoclassical period of literature is said to have emerged after the Restoration, roughly beginning in 1660, and this is said to have carried on until the emergence of Romanticism, which many argue to have begun with the publication of Lyrical Ballads in 1798. It is very difficult to argue that there is a single definition of neoclassicism, however, generally speaking, neoclassical authors believes in some of the following tenets: a strong traditional approach coupled with a reverence for classical writers from Ancient Greece and Rome, literature viewed as an "art," poetry was meant to be an imitation of...

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