By Christine Gerrard
This broad-ranging significant other offers readers a radical grounding in either the heritage and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its wealthy type.
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It is also the case, of course, that defeats – significant losses in naval and territorial battles, the loss of control over trading outposts and colonies – were a recurrent feature of British life, and a constant reminder not only that empire extracted its costs, in terms of compromised political ethics and corruption, and the expenditure of men and materials, but that its boundaries were constantly contested, both by European powers and by subject populations. Not all policy planners or poets reveled in dreams of empire, of course.
Ll. 21–4) Very early in the next century, Anna Laetitia Barbauld was to incur critical condemnation when she wrote “Eighteen Hundred and Eleven,” a poem weary of the protracted wars that England had fought in Europe and elsewhere, and depressed about the impact of such continual military mobilization on trade and indeed on life at home. The “golden tide of Commerce” flows elsewhere, she wrote, and leaves in its wake “enfeebling Luxury and ghastly Want” (ll. 61–6). British cultural and technological authority declines, and the prospect of national ruin looms: Night, Gothic night, again may shade the plains Where Power is seated, and where Science reigns; England, the seat of arts, be only known By the grey ruin and the moldering stone; That Time may tear the garland from her brow, And Europe sit in dust, as Asia now.
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