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Secular Chains: Poetry and the Politics of Religion from Milton to Pope

Philip Connell


Secular Chains provides an original account of the relationship between poetry and religious controversy in the period 1649–1745, with a particular emphasis on political and intellectual challenges to the spiritual and institutional authority of the church. It contains extended readings of a number of major poets, including Milton, Dryden, Thomson, and Pope, alongside detailed consideration of the broader historical contexts within which they wrote. Those contexts extend to prose writings by political and literary figures including James Harrington, John Toland, John Dennis, and the third earl ... More

Keywords: poetry, religion, politics, John Milton, John Dryden, third earl of Shaftesbury, James Thomson, Alexander Pope, John Toland, John Dennis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269587
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Connell, author
Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of English and Fellow of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge