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date: 12 December 2019

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To restore the character of Restoration and eighteenth-century lyrics, the central role of passion in this era’s poetry must be considered in relation to its explicit social dimensions. In the social orbits of these lyrics, poets test literary conventions for depicting the passions against social realities. Changes in the lyric are part of the era’s wide-ranging experiments with kinds and modes, which saw increasing numbers of hybrids and new kinds of poems that reorganized and redefined poetic voice and values. The epistle shapes representations of passion to be read, not overheard, and even capable of reply. Above all, poetry’s relation to the cultural importance of occasion connects the lyric to a range of shared events that include musical performance, national celebration or mourning, religious worship, and experiences of the sublime and sensibility.

Keywords: poetry, genre, lyric, politics, occasional poetry, religion, sublime

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