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FROM SHAKESPEARE

To POPE

London: C. J. CLAY AND SON, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS WAREHOUSE,

AVE MARIA LANE.

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FROM SHAKESPEARE

TO POPE

AN INQUIRY INTO
THE CAUSES AND PHENOMENA OF THE RISE

OF CLASSICAL POETRY IN ENGLAND

BY

EDMUND GOSSE, M.A.

CLARK LECTURER IN ENGLISH LITERATURE AT

TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

CAMBRIDGE
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS

1885
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PREFACE.

The following chapters were written in the form of lectures, and were first delivered to members of the University of Cambridge, in the Hall of Trinity College, during Michaelmas Term last year. They formed my inaugural course as Clark Lecturer. In the month of December I read them at the Lowell Institute in Boston, and during the same winter, in whole, or in part, before other academic audiences in America, before the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in New York, before Yale College, Connecticut, and elsewhere.

It has been no small advantage to me that among the distinguished listeners to

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