Finny Tribes and Feathered People: My Top 5 Periphrastic Kinds

Eightenth-century poetry has the reputation of being wordy, obscure, and affected. A common feature of eighteenth-century poetic diction is periphrasis – circumlocution, or the use of multiple words to describe something instead of naming it directly. So a telescope is an ‘optic tube’ and a pair of scissors ‘the glitt’ring forfex’. One of the most … Continue reading Finny Tribes and Feathered People: My Top 5 Periphrastic Kinds

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Welcome to the Blog

Welcome to Augustan Georgic! I’ve finally planted the seeds of my own academic blog (though I’ve been preparing the ground mentally for a few months). Many academic blogs start as PhD-journey-blogs. I’m now on my postdoctoral journey, if it can be called a ‘journey’. It lacks the clear end-point of thesis, submission, and viva, and … Continue reading Welcome to the Blog