Tom Shippey, 26 July 1990
Show More England and Englishness: Ideas of Nationhood in English Poetry, 1688-1900 by John Lucas.
Hogarth, 227 pp., £18, February 1990, 0 7012 0892 9Show More
The Englishman’s England: Taste, Travel and the Rise of Tourism by Ian Ousby.
Cambridge, 244 pp., £45, February 1990, 0 521 37374 3Show More
Fleeting Things: English Poets and Poems, 1616-1660 by Gerald Hammond.
Harvard, 394 pp., £24.95, March 1990, 0 674 30625 2Show More
“... deep commonalty (or maybe a depressed commonalty) surviving below the Hanoverian consensus (Blake, Stephen Duck, the poet-labourer, who drowned himself in a fit of despondency). In a way, Lucas is most interesting about the poets in between these groups, the traitors or defeatists like Wordsworth or Tennyson. Both men, after all, had strong dialect interests ...”