Be Inspired! Stephen Duck

Jennifer BattIn her talk about 18C working class poetry, Jennifer Batt tells us about Stephen Duck. He wrote about rural England in a way that was new, referring to unpleasant aspects of it like hard toil, sweat, and dirt. Duck rose to fame in a spectacular way and even gained a royal patron. Many were inspired by him (and his success) and followed his example in their choice of subject for their poetry.

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At the Be Inspired! event on December 14, 2011, a group of Oxford academics presented a series of short inspirational talks around various writers that inspire. The talks were all recorded and will be published as podcasts as part of the Great Writers Inspire project.

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