Overview

topographical poetry


Related Overviews

Thomas Hardy (1840—1928) novelist and poet

John Betjeman (1906—1984) poet, writer, and broadcaster

Georgian Poetry

Charles Causley (1917—2003) poet

See all related overviews in Oxford Index » »

 

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

GO

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Described by Dr Johnson as ‘local poetry, of which the fundamental object is some particular landscape…with the addition of…historical retrospection or incidental meditation’. Cooper's Hill (1642) by Denham is an early example of a genre that flourished principally in the 18th cent.: see Dyer, Garth, Jago, Thomson, J., for example. Many topographical poems are also ‘prospect poems’, i.e. written from a high point, surveying a large view, and many were written in praise of particular parks, estates, and gardens, evidently in the hope of patronage. The genre had a renewed vogue in the late 20th cent., when the emphasis has been less on the country estate, more on the vanishing rural scene.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.