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British Poets and Secret Societies (Reissue) (Paperback) (Marie Roberts)

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A surprisingly large number of English poets have either belonged to a secret society, or been strongly influenced by its tenets. One of the best known examples is Christopher Smart’s membership of the Freemasons, and the resulting influence of Masonic doctrines on A Song to David. However, many other poets have belonged to, or been influenced by not only the Freemasons, but the Rosicrucians, Gormogons and Hell-Fire Clubs. First published in 1986, this study concentrates on five major examples: Smart, Burns, William Blake, William Butler Yeats and Rudyard Kipling, as well as a number of other poets. Marie Roberts questions why so many poets have been powerfully attracted to the secret societies, and considers the effectiveness of poetry as a medium for conveying secret emblems and ritual. She shows how some poets believed that poetry would prove a hidden symbolic language in which to reveal great truths.

The beliefs of these poets are as diverse as their practice, and this book sheds fascinating light on several major writers.

Edition: Reissue
Number of Pages: 181
Genre: Literary Criticism, Literary Collections
Sub-Genre: Poetry
Series Title: Routledge Revivals
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Marie Roberts
Language: English
Street Date: December 7, 2015
TCIN: 50668850
UPC: 9781138796218
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-1396
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