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 obvious as doing below justice to the wealthy number of person skills 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 financial, 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 power and diversity of counter currents and cross-currents corroborate instead of fall apart. it's the function of this examine to bare a few features of this mainstream by means of analyzing definite cross-currents which overlap its edges. for that reason the alternative of Thomas Ken (1637-1711), John Byrom (1692-1763) and William legislations (1686-1761).
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