Abstract

Trees, especially oaks, are recurring images in the poetry of Anne Finch. As politically inflected emblems of shade and protection, Finch’s trees invoke the Virgilian pastoral and its attendant themes of exile and leisured retirement. However, by moving Meliboeus’s place of exile from the scorching plain to the shady oak grove, Finch relocates political exile within the site of pastoral retreat itself. Several of Finch’s poems are discussed in terms of her Jacobite poetics, including “Upon the Hurricane,” “The Petition for an Absolute Retreat,” and “A Nocturnal Reverie.”

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 541-563
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-26
Open Access
No
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