Augustan Poets Analytical Essay by Hepkitty

Augustan Poets
Compares Augustan poets of the late 17th and early 18th century with poets from the "Graveyard School" from the mid-18th century.
# 49217 | 1,453 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 29, 2004 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)

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This paper compares the different styles of poetry exhibited by Augustan poets and poets from the "Graveyard School". The paper focuses on Dryden and Swift as examples of Augustan poets and Finch and Gray as examples of poets from the "Graveyard School". The paper looks at the three main qualities of each style of poetry and then uses examples from the poetry to compare and contrast those styles.

From the Paper:

"Secondly, both Finch and Gray use notions that reflect a Tudor revival. Finch makes a direct reference to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice when she repeats: "In such a night?" which echoes the same repeated phrase in the night piece that opens act V of The Merchant of Venice, when Jessica and Lorenzo are having a lover's duel talking about tragic love stories. Also, Finch uses nature imagery, like Gray, which was a tactic that Shakespeare was famous for. By using Renaissance-like styles, the two poets suggest a desire for a lost age, one that was more innocent, pure, and free of cynical, experience-obsessed poets like Swift."

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