Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

...announce modestly that he was republishing his works because he had been "importuned" to do so. This is more than I can claim for the present undertaking, but some of my associates...

Contents

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pp. xi-xiv

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I: Shaftesbury and the Ethical Poets in England

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pp. 3-52

...a new ethical theory; literature displayed a broader human interest and assigned a new reason for its sympathy. It is usually assumed that the difference is due principally to the influx of French philosophy. This assumption at least minimizes...

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II: The Return to Nature in English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century

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pp. 53-103

...eighteenth century "God's outdoor world" was not, as commentators once held, uniformly despised or neglected. What we once considered two distinct "schools" really...

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III: Whig Panegyric Verse: A Phase of Sentimentalism

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pp. 104-144

...during the Restoration. While such verse continued to flourish indefinitely, the complete development of the party system of government enabled poetry to acquire a much broader...

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IV: John Dunton: Pietist and Impostor

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pp. 145-178

...testimony. From the year 1705 onward, indications of paranoia are increasingly pronounced. His main work as author, compiler, hack master, publisher, and factotum was performed between 1682 and 1706...

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V: The English Malady

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pp. 179-238

...before. Whatever one's opinion of the intrinsic merit of this versified melancholy or of its genuineness as an expression of personal feeling, there can be no dispute over the quantity. Statistically, this deserves to be called the...

Reference Notes

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pp. 239-247

Index

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pp. 248-254