Poetic Occasion from Milton to Wordsworth

  • John Dolan

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

About this book


John Dolan takes a new approach to the evolution of the modern English lyric, emphasising the way in which several generations of poets, reacting to post-Reformation readers' dislike for invented poetic narratives, competed for the right to commemorate important public occasions and slowly expanded the range of acceptable occasion. This book demonstrates that many fundamental features of a typical modern lyric actually evolved as responses to the limitations of occasional poetry.


Elegie lyric poetics poetry reformation Wordsworth

Authors and affiliations

  • John Dolan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OtagoNew Zealand

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