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By Geoffrey N. Leech

Seeks to illustrate that the learn of English poetry is enriched by way of the insights of recent linguistic research, and that linguistic and demanding disciplines usually are not separate yet complementary. analyzing a variety of poetry, Professor Leech considers many points of poetic sort, together with the language of earlier and current, artistic language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

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The great natural law is the right to exist. The well taught philosophic mind To all compassion gives; Casts round the world an equal eye, And feels for all that lives. (ll. 25-8) Not only should there be compassion, but empathy. To see the world with an equal eye is to feel the claims of all life. From this philosophical point there is but a short step to the Pythagorean theme, and the mouse takes it: If mind, as ancient sages taught, A never dying flame, Still shifts through matter's varying forms, In every form the same, Beware, lest in the worm you crush A brother's soul you find; And tremble lest thy luckless hand Dislodge a kindred mind.

Baldwin, 1755). ), The Poetical Works of Gray and Collins (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1917). Pope, Alexander, The Complete Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, ed. Henry W. Brynton (Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1903). Radcliffe, Ann, The Mysteries of Udolpho: A Romance Interspersed with some Pieces of Poetry, edited with an introduction by Bonamy Dobree (London: Oxford University Press, 1966). 32 Women's Poetry in the Enlightenment Seward, Anna, The Poetical Works of Anna Seward, ed. Walter Scott (Edinburgh: James Ballantyne, 1810).

As Dr Nicholas Andry insists in the introduction to his Orthopaedia: or the Art of Correcting and Preventing Deformities in Children (1743), 'it is not only allowable to take care of the gracefullness of the Body, but this Care ... ought to be enjoined. '2 The equating of social and physical deformation is a commonplace of Augustan anti-feminist discourse. Chandler's younger contemporary, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, for example, writes to Lady Bute about the pressures on educated, literary women: [She] must conceal whatever learning she attains with as much solicitude as she would hide Crookedness and Lameness.

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