Between Gibbon and Byron

  • Kenneth Churchill


In the period between the publication of The Decline and Fall and Byron’s adoption of Italy as the country of his exile the major growth point in the development of literary attitudes to Italy was in the novel, and it was the novelistic image of Italy which provided the immediate literary background to Byron’s own poetic exploration of the country. Little advance, indeed, was made in the poetic treatment of Italy between the mid eighteenth century and the height of the Romantic period; but the work of one small group of minor poets, and particularly the one remarkable volume in which they collaborated, does demand attention.


Eighteenth Century English Literature Romantic Period Italian Character French Edition 
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Chapter 2

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