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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The Chace: ‘Sport of Kings’

It’s Autumn, so most of the UK’s hunting seasons are now underway. It seems like a good time to read the great hunting georgic, The Chace (1735) by William Somervile (or Somerville). I feel like I have a few things in common with Somervile. As well as being distant cousins, we both grew up in … Continue reading The Chace: ‘Sport of Kings’