In arguing for the modernity of the Augustans, I do not propose to make Swift or Pope "our contemporary," as Jan Kot did for Shakespeare; all I am saying is that the Augustans raised the kind of problems with which we too have to grapple, and that, though we may wish to give these problems different answers, we cannot ignore these writers' questioning.
Yet the satire of "material interests" and of the hypocrisy that cloaked greed is so sharp and so pervasive that it is clear that the Augustans were aware of the shift of power that was taking place in their time.
Before turning to Four Quartets, he identifies the Augustans, specifically Dryden and Pope, as Eliot's precursors in the verse essay.
The relevance seems to be that the Augustan poems show that it is possible for a great poem to be a philosophical essay, and that the Augustan masters construct works that illustrate the via media in art, religion, and politics.
Political Apollo: From Callimachus to the Augustans.
the place of Apollo in Augustan propaganda and the way he is presented by the poets".
In the remainder of this essay, I would like to begin formulating ways of differentiating Austen's "outsider" satire from the "insider" satire of Augustans
like Swift, Gay, and Pope.
Such an undertaking allowed insurance companies to reap the benefits of compound interest which acquired a special mystique for English Augustans
Thus the gusto and vigor of the Elizabethans have been seen as continuing in Milton and the other seventeenth-century masters of baroque prose, then as being passed along to the early Augustans
who brought the native energy of language under control without extinguishing it.
But it isn't only Middleton's interest in female roles and market forces which has made his work so responsive to contemporary interests - and which, disappointingly for readers of Steen's book, made him so comparatively inaccessible to the Augustans
and Victorians with whom she largely deals.
Art of Poetry: Augustan
Translation of the Classics.
Weinbrot takes on an impressive array of issues, including the applicability of the terms neoclassical and Augustan
to the literature of the period, the battle of the Ancients and the Moderns, the shaping of national identities for England and Scotland, the attempt to create a genuinely united kingdom in Britain, the transformations of the ode and the epic during the period, attitudes toward Jews and toward Hebrew language and literature in late eighteenth-century Britain, and James Macpherson and the Ossian controversy.