The writings of Erasmus Darwin were much admired in the 1790s — Coleridge called him ‘the first literary character in Europe, and the most original-minded Man’ — and his work was plundered by a number of greater English poets who followed in his path, notably Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats. My aim in this book is to trace the effect of Darwin’s ideas, images and words on the poets of the next two generations.
KeywordsLiterary Character Moral Virtue Oxford English Dictionary Mere Coincidence Innate Tendency
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