The Child in Poetry: Foundlings, Lostlings, Changelings

Margaret Reynolds

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264249
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734045 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Child in Poetry: Foundlings, Lostlings, Changelings

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This lecture discusses children out of place, and talks about how children in general, from the eighteenth century until contemporary times, came to be seen as always out of place. Foundlings, lostlings, and changelings are studied in this lecture, and three key dates — 1739, 1872, and 1926 — are examined. The lecture also tries to show how ideas on children formed poetry, and how poetry formed ideas about children.

Keywords: foundlings; lostlings; changelings; poetry; children

Chapter.  44 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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