By John Hoyles

It has lately been argued that the 18th century can not be 1 obvious as gripped within the strait-jacket of Augustanism and Neoclassicism. Such labels are noticeable as doing lower than justice to the wealthy number of person abilities and highbrow tendencies which jointly represent 18th century tradition. whereas welcoming the interment of the lengthy­ status delusion of the peace of the Augustans, there turns out little aspect in putting an interdict on labels which, willy-nilly, have caught. In fiscal, social and ecclesiastical phrases there's an age among 1689 and 1789 whose homogeneity is mirrored in its cultural items. there's a mainstream which the energy and diversity of counter­ currents and cross-currents corroborate instead of crumble. it's the goal of this research to bare a few facets of this mainstream through interpreting convinced cross-currents which overlap its edges. consequently the alternative of Thomas Ken (1637-1711), John Byrom (1692-1763) and William legislation (1686-1761).

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