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History of the Eighteenth Century in Ten Poems

Ten short podcasts on quirky aspects of eighteenth-century life.This series of short podcasts offers an alternative history of the eighteenth century. Ten poems were chosen that illustrate the everyday and the extraordinary, the comic and the serious aspects of the period. Each talk begins with a poem, and shows its significance: how a satire on the pleasures of tobacco tells us of the relationship between intoxication and inspiration, or how a poem on apple pie speaks of evolving national identity. The series covers, amongst other things: tobacco, sport, epigrams, children and food. Showcasing a selection of the material in the English Faculty's Digital Miscellanies Index, exploring some of the more surprising ways in which popular collections of verse offer us a glimpse of the social, political and cultural history of their time.

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Petticoats and fashion

An introduction to the world of fashion and the politics of the petticoat, seen through the poetry of the time. This podcast gives a glimpse into the social and cultural history of fashion in the eighteenth century by looking at the representation of petticoats.

8mins

16 Sep 2013

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The life of epigrams

This podcasts introduces the popular eighteenth century epigram. Epigrams were hugely popular in the eighteenth century, and this podcast explores some of their appeal.

5mins

16 Sep 2013

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Politics in poetry

This podcast explores the culture of Jacobitism in the eighteenth century, using a popular ballad. The culture of Jacobite politics took many forms in the eighteenth century. This podcast explores its expression in popular song.

6mins

16 Sep 2013

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Smallpox in poetry

Smallpox was rife in the eighteenth century, leaving its mark both on its sufferers, and on the literature of the period. This podcast explores its history in verse. Smallpox was common during the eighteenth-century, and its aftereffects much discussed and lamented in popular literature. This podcast explores its representation in eighteenth-century verse.

7mins

16 Sep 2013

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The poetry of war

Explores the aesthetics and impact of war poetry in the early eighteenth century, focussing on Joseph Addison's poem, The Campaign. Blood, guts and gore all feature heavily in eighteenth century war poems. This podcast explores the popularity of the early eighteenth-century battle poem.

5mins

16 Sep 2013

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