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date: 07 December 2019

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Although other ages have given us an image of poets as outsider, at once dismissed by their own age and dismissive of the praise of their contemporaries, eighteenth-century British poets eagerly sought the acclaim that came with prizes, medals, and offices. Official approbation for a poet might take the form of the laureateship, the subject of much competition and discussion, but myriad prizes, bounties, and awards emerged in the era, including Oxford’s Professorship of Poetry. These honors purported to help readers, writers, and editors recognize and reward merit, but they also represent a culture’s response to the end of patronage and the increasing political and commercial pressures to which poetry was not immune.

Keywords: poetry, honors, poet laureate, criticism, patronage

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