Oliver Goldsmith’s poem “The Village Schoolmaster” has a nostalgic tone for a simpler time in which society was more stable. The benign authority and predictability of the schoolmaster himself constituted an important part of this stability. The poet writes:
A man severe he was, and stern to view,
I knew him well, and every truant knew;
Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
The days disasters in his morning face;
It is interesting, given the date of this poem (it was...
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