Preromanticism Defining The Period - Essay

Defining The Period

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Bertrand H. Bronson (essay date 1953)

SOURCE: "The Pre-Romantic or Post-Augustan Mode," in ELH: A Journal of English Literary History, Vol. 20, No. 1, March, 1953, pp. 15-28.

[In the following excerpt Bronson details why no individual post-Augustan poet adequately exemplifies the Preromantic period.]

The topic that confronts us is one that carries doubt in its very face. "Pray," asks Christian, "who are your Kindred, if a man may be so bold?" "Almost the whole Town," answers By-ends; "and in particular, my Lord Turnabout, my Lord Time-server, my Lord Fair-spech…. Also Mr. Smooth-man, Mr. Facing-bothways, Mr. Any-thing; and the Parson of our...

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