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A poem by Crabbe, published 1783.

The poet contrasts the cruel realities of country life with the Arcadian pastoral favoured by poets. He was assisted in the writing of the work (which Dr Johnson found ‘original, vigorous, and elegant’) both by his patron Burke and by Johnson. The poem established Crabbe's reputation as a writer.

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George Crabbe (1754—1832) poet and Church of England clergyman