George Crabbe (1754-1832), Augustan Age: 18th Century Literature

George Crabbe was a poet who stood midway between the Augustans and the Romantics. In form he was classical, but in temper, he was a romantic. Himself a child of poor parents and for many years a hardworking parish clergyman, Crabbe knew the life of the poor. He knew its penury, misery, and dissatisfaction from inside; and it is this life, as he had seen it, that he set out to depict in his poetry. He, however, remained completely uninfluenced by the romantic movement till the end of his life. His regular use of the closed couplet shows his lifelong connection with the outgoing classical school, yet his plain and realistic handling of materials taken from actual life and his pastoral conventions which had long stood between the poet and the world of reality around him gave him special importance in the naturalistic reaction against the Augustan traditions.

His works are:

(a) The Village (1783) (b) The Newspaper (1785) (c) The Parish Register (1807) (d) The Borough (1810) (e) Tales in Verse (1812) (f) Tales of the Hall (1819)

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