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The Making of Percy's Reliques$
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Nick Groom

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184591.001.0001

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The Making of Percy's Reliques

Nick Groom

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the influence of Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry on English Romanticism. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge made public praise of the Reliques and admitted that their collaboration Lyrical Ballads was indebted to Percy. Thomas Evans based his Old Ballads, Historical and Narrative on Percy's works and Walter Scott collected in explicit homage to the Reliques. This chapter suggests that the faults in the Reliques made it irresistible to many readers who shared an eagerness to annotate and improve Percy's edition.

Keywords:   Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, Thomas Percy, English Romanticism, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads, Thomas Evans, Old Ballads, Walter Scott

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