Oliver Goldsmith's "The Deserted Village"
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This paper examines Oliver Goldsmith's "The Deserted Village" that addresses the effects of the agricultural revolution on the rural peasants. The paper describes how the poem chronicles the fate of small villages during the initial periods of the revolution when many displaced peasants did not have the economic means to survive in their homes. The paper examines his most idealized statement about peasant life and its destruction and highlights his message that the peasants lost their homes, families and life during this difficult time.
From the Paper:"The rural peasantry, were regarded as beneath serious scholarly consideration - perhaps even historically unreachable, the evidence of their lives being lost for good. Yet, as the poem of Goldsmith depicts this ignorance on the part of the scholars has made them miss out on something quite interesting. The 'deserted village' that he wrote about was not one of a kind, but rather was found commonly during the times. The agricultural revolution caused the villagers to lose out on their land and then made them economically unable to survive. The agricultural innovations were such that the labor of the people was no longer needed. It caused many to lose jobs and others to leave their villages. This caused a migration that left villages around the nation deserted."
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