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Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs   By: (1766-1823)

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Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs by Robert Bloomfield is a collection of charming and insightful pieces that beautifully depict country life in the late 18th century. The book takes readers on a journey through the rural landscapes of England, presenting an authentic and heartfelt portrayal of the people and places that constitute Bloomfield's world.

One of the remarkable aspects of this collection is the way in which Bloomfield captures the essence of rural life with his rich and descriptive language. His vivid imagery and attention to detail bring forth a sense of authenticity, allowing readers to immerse themselves in a bygone era. From the bustling markets to the serene beauty of the countryside, Bloomfield's words paint a vivid tapestry of rural England, evoking feelings of nostalgia and a deep appreciation for the simplicity of country living.

Moreover, Bloomfield's talent for storytelling shines through his collection of tales and ballads. Each story carries its own unique charm and captivates readers with its engaging narrative and relatable characters. Whether it is a tale of love, loss, or a humorous anecdote, Bloomfield weaves together the lives of ordinary people in a way that feels both personal and universal. His ability to highlight the trials and joys of rural existence with such authenticity is truly commendable.

At the heart of Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs lies a celebration of the beauty found in the often overlooked corners of society. Bloomfield's deep love and appreciation for the countryside are evident in every page, as he pays homage to the hardworking individuals who make rural life so enchanting. Through his lyrical and melodic songs, he captures the spirit and resilience of the rural folk, their trials and tribulations, and their unwavering sense of community.

However, it is important to note that some readers may find the language and writing style of the late 18th century a bit challenging. The text can be dense at times, and certain references may require contextual knowledge to fully appreciate. Nevertheless, for those with an interest in literature from this era or a curiosity about country life in the past, Bloomfield's work is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.

In conclusion, Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs by Robert Bloomfield is a delightful collection that offers readers a glimpse into the enchanting world of rural England. Bloomfield's masterful storytelling and exquisite descriptions create an immersive experience that transports readers to a time when life was simpler and the ties that bind communities were stronger. This book is a testament to the power of literature to capture the beauty of everyday life and remind us of the enduring spirit of rural traditions.

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RURAL TALES, BALLADS, AND SONGS:

By ROBERT BLOOMFIELD,

Author of The Farmers Boy

LONDON: Printed for Vernor and Hood, Poultry; and Longman and Rees, Paternoster Row

By T. Bensley, Bolt court, Fleet street.

1802

PREFACE.

The Poems here offered to the Public were chiefly written during the interval between the concluding and the publishing of THE FARMER'S BOY, an interval of nearly two years. The pieces of a later date are, the Widow to her Hour Glass, the Fakenham Ghost, Walter and Jane , &c. At the tune of publishing the Farmer's Boy, circumstances occurred which rendered it necessary to submit these Poems to the perusal of my Friends: under whose approbation I now give them, with some confidence as to their moral merit, to the judgment of the Public. And as they treat of village manners, and rural scenes, it appears to me not ill tim'd to avow, that I have hopes of meeting in some degree the approbation of my Country. I was not prepar'd for the decided, and I may surely say extraordinary attention which the Public has shewn towards the Farmer's Boy: the consequence has been such as my true friends will rejoice to hear; it has produc'd me many essential blessings. And I feel peculiarly gratified in finding that a poor man in England may assert the dignity of Virtue, and speak of the imperishable beauties of Nature, and be heard, and heard, perhaps, with greater attention for his being poor... Continue reading book >>




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