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date: 12 December 2019

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Critics have long known that party politics shaped the production and reception of poetry in the Restoration and eighteenth century, the era in which party politics were born. But “politics” has increasingly come to be understood as broader than mere party politics, and includes discussion of gender roles, the discourse of money, social class, and slavery. Between the Restoration and the Romantic era the notion of “the political” expanded and poets often engaged with politics more fully and imaginatively than novelists. One of the major stories of poetry in the period is the ever-expanding sense of what constitutes the political, and what the constituency of political poetry might turn out to be.

Keywords: poetry, nationalism, coteries, imitation, coteries, women, gender, laboring-class poetry, slavery

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