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By Richard Cronin

1798 is an important date in literary background: in that 12 months the Lyrical Ballads have been released anonymously by means of Joseph Cottle, the Bristol bookseller. yet this can be a quantity now not concerning the Lyrical Ballads , yet approximately their 12 months. it really is an try to re-create and think about the literary tradition of 1798, the tradition on which Wordsworth and Coleridge determined to make their 'experiment'. it's a e-book during which Wordsworth and Coleridge vie for realization, as they did in 1798, with many different writers, together with Schleiermacher, John Thelwall, Mary Hays, the Abbe Barruel, Walter Savage Landor, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Malthus, Joanna Baillie, George Canning, Robert Sothey and the Reverend T.J. Mathias. The chapters of this publication interact to outline a unmarried historic second that marked the start of romanticism in England.

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The Year of the System 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 29 Since that shift appears to have taken place only toward the very end of the eighteenth century, the overall figures for 1700 to 1800 in England conform to the 1 to 3 ratio of systems to essays: 1192 to 3802. ) Samplings from the start of the century (1700-3 to 9) and the middle (1750 - 11 to 59) confirm the significantly higher frequency of essays. The counts only begin to close in the 1780s, moving above 2 to 3 (40 to 57) by 1798, and, in 1799, actually tilting toward system (54 to 53).

29 Since that shift appears to have taken place only toward the very end of the eighteenth century, the overall figures for 1700 to 1800 in England conform to the 1 to 3 ratio of systems to essays: 1192 to 3802. ) Samplings from the start of the century (1700-3 to 9) and the middle (1750 - 11 to 59) confirm the significantly higher frequency of essays. The counts only begin to close in the 1780s, moving above 2 to 3 (40 to 57) by 1798, and, in 1799, actually tilting toward system (54 to 53). ESTC, then, points to the rise of system to parity (and better) with essay by the century's close.

Anne McDermott, 1st and 4th edns, CD-ROM (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996). Isaac Watts, The improvement of the mind: or, A supplement to the Art of logick: containing a variety of remarks and rules for the attainment and communication of useful knowledge, in religion, in the sciences, and in common life (London: J. Brackstone, 1741). David Simpson, Romanticism, Nationalism, and the Revolt Against Theory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993). These counts, of course, are not by themselves conclusive evidence of the importance of system at the turn into the nineteenth century.

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