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Described by Dr Johnson as ‘local poetry, of which the fundamental object is some particular landscape…with the addition of…historical retrospection or incidental meditation’. Cooper's ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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... poetry Poetry devoted to the description of specific places, usually with additional meditative passages. Following John Denham ’s poem ‘Cooper’s Hill’ ( 1642 ), topographical poetry became a significant genre of English verse throughout the 18th century, culminating in the poems of Wordsworth, notably his ‘Lines Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey , on revisiting the banks of the Wye during a tour. July 13, 1798’ (usually called ‘Tintern Abbey’). This kind of poetry is sometimes called loco-descriptive...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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... Poetry , a mode of verse which in its essential form is an eighteenth-century phenomenon, typified by works like John Dyer's Grongar Hill ( 1726 ) and James Thomson's The Seasons ( 1726–30 ); much of its character survives, however, in the prevalence of local description and landscape imagery in a substantial body of twentieth-century poetry. Dr Johnson defined topographical poetry as ‘a species of composition…of which the fundamental subject is some particular landscape’, adding that ‘embellishments may be supplied by historical...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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... poetry Described by Samuel Johnson as ‘local poetry, of which the fundamental object is some particular landscape…with the addition of…historical retrospection or incidental meditation’, normally distinguished from poems praising country estates, such as Ben Jonson 's ‘To Penshurst’ or Andrew Marvell 's ‘Upon Appleton House’. Cooper's Hill ( 1642 ), by Sir John Denham , is regarded as the model for the genre, which includes poems by John Dyer , Sir Samuel Garth , Alexander Pope , James Thomson ( 1700–48 ), Richard Jago , and Oliver...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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... poetry Described by Samuel Johnson as ‘local poetry, of which the fundamental object is some particular landscape…with the addition of…historical retrospection or incidental meditation’, normally distinguished from poems praising country estates, such as Ben Jonson 's ‘To Penshurst’ or Andrew Marvell 's ‘Upon Appleton House’. Cooper's Hill ( 1642 ), by Sir John Denham , is regarded as the model for the genre, which includes poems by John Dyer , Sir Samuel Garth , Alexander Pope , James Thomson ( 1700–48 ), Richard Jago , and Oliver...

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Described by Dr Johnson as ‘local poetry, of which the fundamental object is some particular landscape…with the addition of…historical retrospection or incidental meditation’. Cooper's Hill (1642) by ...
23 The History of the Book in the Low Countries

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...(2000) P. Janssens , België in de 17de Eeuw , vol. 2: De Cultuur (2006) E. Luzac , Hollands rijkdom (4 vols, 1780–83) J. H. Marrow et al ., The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting (1989) P. F. J. Obbema et al ., Boeken in Nederland (1979) J. Ray , Observations Topographical, Moral, & Physiological Made in a Journey Through Part of the Low-Countries (1673) P. Schneiders , Nederlandse Bibliotheekgeschiedenis (1997) L. Simons , Geschiedenis van de Uitgeverij in Vlaanderen (2 vols, 1984–7) M. Smeyers , Flemish Miniatures from the 8 th to the...

24 The History of the Book in Germany

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...printed books became rarer after the mid-16 th century, and woodcuts more workaday and less imaginative. The 17 th century saw increasing use of *engraving . Among the best-known examples are Johann Philipp Abelin ’s Theatrum Europaeum (21 vols, 1635–1738 ) and various topographical works of Matthäus Merian ( 1593–1650 ) from Basle, who took over the Frankfurt business of his father-in-law, de *Bry , in 1624 . 6 The 18 th century In the 17 th and early 18 th centuries, the book market was still dominated by the old-fashioned polyhistor penning...

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A topographical poem by William Crowe (1745–1829), published 1788, in the style of James Thomson.
Richard Jago

Richard Jago  

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(1715–81)Poet and clergyman, educated with William Shenstone (a friend whose letters he later edited) at Solihull School and at University College, Oxford. In 1767 he published Edge‐Hill, a ...
William Diaper

William Diaper  

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(1685–1717),poet, born in Somerset, wrote Nereides: or, Sea‐Eclogues (1712), in which the speakers are mermen and mermaids and the landscapes subaqueous. He also wrote Dryades (1712) and a ...
Windsor Forest

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A topographical poem by Pope in the genre of Cooper's Hill by Denham, published 1713, to celebrate the Peace of Utrecht; it combines description of landscape with historical, literary, and political ...
Samuel Garth

Samuel Garth  

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(1661–1719),a physician, free‐thinker, and member of the Kit‐Cat Club, is remembered as the author of The Dispensary (1699), a burlesque poem in which he ridiculed the opposition of apothecaries to ...
Traveller

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orA topographical poem by Oliver Goldsmith, published 1764. It is dedicated and addressed to Goldsmith's brother, a clergyman, whose stable country existence is presented as a contrast to the ...
Norman McCaig

Norman McCaig  

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(1910–96),Scottish poet. His first volume of poetry, Far Cry (1943), was followed by many others which include Measures (1965), Rings on a Tree (1968), and A Man in My Position (1969). His Selected ...
Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton  

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(1630–87),wrote the dialogue between Piscator and Viator which forms the second part in the fifth edition of The Compleat Angler (1676). He also published Scarronides (1664), a burlesque of Virgil, ...
Seth Eastman

Seth Eastman  

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(1808–75).Painter and draftsman. A career army officer, he specialized in painting American Indian life but also produced many landscapes. He accomplished much of his finest work in territorial ...
John Dyer

John Dyer  

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(1699–1758),poet: b. Llanfynydd; educ. London (Westminster School); lives in Llangathen; rector of Coningsby 1752–8; buried in Coningsby. Grongar Hill 1726, The Fleece 1757.
A. L. Rowse

A. L. Rowse  

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(1903–97),poet, biographer, and Tudor historian. Cornwall forms the setting for many of his poems and works of history and autobiography, including A Cornish Childhood (1942). He has published ...
Charles Causley

Charles Causley  

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(1917–2003)Poet, born in Launceston, Cornwall, where he was educated and where, after six wartime years in the Royal Navy, he became a teacher. He spent the rest of his ...
Norman Nicholson

Norman Nicholson  

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(1914–87),poet, born in the working‐class iron town of Millom, Cumberland, where he lived most of his life, and which became the theme and setting of most of his work. He evokes its buildings, its ...

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