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Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets   By: (1813-1878)

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In "Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets" by George Gilfillan, readers are treated to a diverse collection of poetry from lesser-known British poets that spans a variety of styles and themes. Gilfillan's introduction provides valuable context for each poet, offering insight into their lives and work.

The poems themselves are a mix of the sublime and the everyday, with some showcasing the raw emotions of love and loss, while others explore philosophical and political themes. Each poet brings their own unique voice to the collection, making for a rich and engaging reading experience.

Gilfillan's commentary is insightful and well-informed, adding depth to the poems and shedding light on the poets themselves. He clearly has a passion for poetry and is dedicated to shining a light on these overlooked writers.

Overall, "Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets" is a treasure trove for poetry lovers looking to explore beyond the well-trodden paths of British literature. It is a testament to the breadth and depth of talent in the world of poetry, and a reminder that great writing can be found in unexpected places.

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With an Introductory Essay,






We propose to introduce our 'Specimens' by a short Essay on the Origin and Progress of English Poetry on to the days of Chaucer and of Gower. Having called, in conjunction with many other critics, Chaucer 'the Father of English Poetry,' to seek to go back further may seem like pursuing antenatal researches. But while Chaucer was the sun, a certain glimmering dawn had gone before him, and to reflect that, is the object of the following pages.

Britain, when the Romans invaded it, was a barbarous country; and although subjugated and long held by that people, they seem to have left it nearly as uncultivated and illiterate as they found it. 'No magnificent remains,' says Macaulay, 'of Latian porches and aqueducts are to be found in Britain. No writer of British birth is to be reckoned among the masters of Latin poetry and eloquence. It is not probable that the islanders were, at any time, generally familiar with the tongue of their Italian rulers. From the Atlantic to the vicinity of the Rhine the Latin has, during many centuries, been predominant. It drove out the Celtic it was not driven out by the Teutonic and it is at this day the basis of the French, Spanish, and Portuguese languages... Continue reading book >>

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