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Selected Poetry (2003) By Charles Churchill

Selected Poetry (2003) By Charles Churchill

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Selected Poetry (2003) By Charles Churchill. Edited by Adam Rounce.
he satirist Charles Churchill (1731 – 64) published all of his poetry in a brief period between 1761 and his death three years later. His work was immensely popular from the time of his early death to the end of the eighteenth century, and Churchill’s admirers included William Cowper, Thomas Chatterton, and Byron, who was influenced very clearly by his satires.

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The satirist Charles Churchill (1731 – 64) published all of his poetry in a brief period between 1761 and his death three years later. His work was immensely popular from the time of his early death to the end of the eighteenth century, and Churchill’s admirers included William Cowper, Thomas Chatterton, and Byron, who was influenced very clearly by his satires. Churchill’s friendship with the controversial politician John Wilkes led to his help in the composition of Wilkes’s journal, The North Briton (1762 – 3), and to a stream of satires directed against the perceived hypocrisies, excesses and inequities of the administration of John Stuart, Third Earl of Bute. Churchill also inveighed against establishment double-standards and corruption, the problems of colonialism and examples of artistic affectation, and raised larger questions about the supposed progress of civilisation. His satiric targets include Samuel Johnson, William Warburton, Thomas Gray, Tobias Smollett, William Hogarth, and James Macpherson, and his poems, a virtual record of the artistic and political scandals of his time, take up the angry legacy of the late satirical work of Alexander Pope.

To read Churchill is to experience the often ferocious political world of the early 1760s and to understand how his controversial poetry remains highly relevant.

This selection of Churchill’s work draws on different aspects of his career to offer a representative picture: it includes his most acclaimed and substantial poems, The Prophecy of Famine, An Epistle to William Hogarth, and the ‘Dedication to the Sermons’. The text is not modernised, and the notes offer an updating of precious editions, along with much new information.

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