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Dissenting from Edward Young’s Night Thoughts: christian time and poetic metre in Anne Steele’s graveyard poems

Dissenting from Edward Young’s Night Thoughts: christian time and poetic metre in Anne Steele’s graveyard poems

Stenke, Katarina ORCID: 0000-0003-4006-3826 (2018) Dissenting from Edward Young’s Night Thoughts: christian time and poetic metre in Anne Steele’s graveyard poems. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 41 (2):JECS12534. pp. 273-288. ISSN 1754-0194 (Print), 1754-0208 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/1754-0208.12534)

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Abstract

Although the Particular Baptist poet Anne Steele (1718-1778) is little known today, this article argues that her poems on time and death offer valuable insights into wider religio-poetical representations of time in the mid-eighteenth century. Her verse both responds to and departs from the conventions of graveyard poetry as exemplified by Edward Young’s Night Thoughts (1742-6), demonstrating close engagement with this popular subgenre as well as an intelligent critique of its devotional poetics. As such, Steele’s writing foregrounds yet also problematises emerging distinctions between writing and religion, and thus argues for new methodologies in religious and literary history.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Edward Young, Anne Steele, graveyard poetry, gender, history of time, history of religion, history of poetry and poetics, eighteenth-century nonconformity
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 16:22
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/21533

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