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A classic. Sitter's book grapples with the problem of characterizing a set of poets and poems that don't easily fit into standard canonical categories. The authors in question are Thomas Gray, William Collins, Thomas and Joseph Warton, Mark Akenside, James Thomson, Edward Young and a few others; their poetry tends to be in blank verse (instead of heroic couplets) and qualifies neither as Augustan nor Romantic. Sitter is sensitive to the needs and problems of viewing these texts as proto-Romantic ...more