Poetry, Enclosure, and the Vernacular Landscape, 1700–1830

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Rachel Crawford examines the intriguing, often problematic relationship between poetry and landscape in eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century Britain. She discusses the highly contested parliamentary enclosure movement which closed off the last of England's open fields between 1760 and 1815. She considers enclosure as a prevailing metaphor for a reconceptualization of the aesthetics of space in which enclosed and confined sites became associated with productivity. She then examines explicit landscape imagery--such as the apple, the iron industry, and the kitchen garden--within the context of georgic and minor lyric poetry.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Representational Spaces: Introduction: expansion and contraction
Codifying containment: the parliamentary enclosures
Altering the prospects: Switzer, Whately, and Repton
The Poetry of Earth
English Georgic and British nationhood
Philips's Cyder: Englishing the apple
Jago's Edge-Hill: simulation and representation
Infinitude Confined
Lyric art
The kitchen garden manual
The poetics of the bower: Keats, Coleridge, and Hemans
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