The Seasons and The Castle of Indolence

Clarendon Press, 1972 - 251 páginas
Thomson's varied and complex poem The Seasons popularized a new mode of interpreting external nature, one which understood nature as a philosophy and religion, and made Thomson the preeminent English poet of nature until he was supplanted by Wordsworth. Based on the 1746 text, this is the
first substantially annotated edition of The Seasons since 1871. Including Thomson's other work of considerable importance, The Castle of Indolence, this volume offers extensive explanatory notes and is illustrated with reproductions from the 1730 edition.

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The Castle of Indolence
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Thomson, the son of a Scottish clergyman, was educated for the ministry at Edinburgh University but went instead to London, where he joined Alexander Pope's literary circle. His boyhood in the country greatly influenced his mature poetry. The Seasons (1730), a series of nature poems, grew to more than 5,000 lines in its final version; it became the most popular poem of the eighteenth century and inspired Joseph Haydn's great musical setting. Thomson can justly be credited with undermining the supremacy of the couplet and with changing poetic taste. With Thomson, the center of poetic interest moved from the city to the country. Thomson was a deeply committed humanitarian poet, convinced that human nature was basically benevolent and that physical nature was a manifestation of the divine spirit. For this reason, he is often regarded as a "preromantic." He is also the author of the supremely famous song Rule, Britannia (1740).

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