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Bolingbroke and Poetry

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joseph HoneORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Oxford University Press, 2018.

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This essay examines for the first time the poetry of Henry St John, Lord Bolingbroke. Although Bolingbroke is now best known as a political theorist, historical writer, and opposition propagandist, he started his career as a poet. He published widely during the latter part of the reign of William III and his poems circulated in manuscript. Bolingbroke’s poems, this essay contends, illuminate the ideological consistency of his early career. An introductory section documents Bolingbroke’s involvement with John Dryden during the 1690s, and a second section then charts his collaborations with other members of Dryden’s circle and unpacks the cultural politics of their poetry. The essay then explores the intertextuality of Bolingbroke’s poems and the implications on the poet’s intellectual milieu. The final sections of the essay investigate Bolingbroke’s literary patronage during his tenure as a minister of state, before documenting the influence of Bolingbroke’s early oppositional rhetoric through his later campaign against Sir Robert Walpole.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hone J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Review of English Studies

Year: 2018

Volume: 69

Issue: 292

Pages: 874-895

Print publication date: 01/11/2018

Online publication date: 12/02/2018

Acceptance date: 01/01/2017

Date deposited: 30/09/2019

ISSN (print): 0034-6551

ISSN (electronic): 1471-6968

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/res/hgx139


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