By Herbert F. Tucker
This publication is the 1st to supply a hooked up historical past of epic poetry in Britain among the French Revolution and the 1st international battle. even if epic is generally held to were shouldered apart through the radical, if now not invalidated upfront via modernity, actually the style used to be practiced with no interruption around the lengthy 19th century by way of approximately each famous Romantic and Victorian poet, and shoals of bold poetasters into the discount. Poets saved the epic alive through revising its conventions to satisfy an overlapping sequence of adjusting realities: rebel democracy, Napoleonic struggle, the increase of sophistication cognizance and repeated reform of the franchise, demanding situations posed through clinical increase to non secular trust and loved notions of the human, the evolution of a postnationalist and finally imperialist id for Britain because the world's superpower. each one of those advancements referred to as on nineteenth-century epic to do what the style had continually performed: verify the solidarity of its sponsoring tradition via a wide utterance that either said the specific flowering of the trendy and affirmed its rootedness in culture. the simplest writers responded this name by way of figuring Britain's self-renewal and the genre's as types of each other. In passing Herbert Tucker notices rankings of mediocre congeners (and worse), in an effort to express the place the problem of a given decade fell and recommend what lay at stake. The heritage those lesser works supply throws into aid what the ebook stresses in prolonged discussions of numerous dozen significant works: an unbroken heritage of bold experimentation during which circumspect, artistic, fearful epoists engaged as the style and the age alike demanded it.