Robert Bloomfield | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Jonathan Lawson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 72 pages of analysis & critique of Robert Bloomfield.
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Critical Essay by Jonathan Lawson

SOURCE: Lawson, Jonathan. “The Later Works: Continued Awareness and Final Decline” and “Bloomfield and the Rural Tradition: Its Value and Values.” In Robert Bloomfield, pp. 94-154. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1980.

In the following excerpt, Lawson discusses some of Bloomfield's later works, including his poem on the smallpox epidemic, and evaluates the poet's rural identity and influences.

The Later Works: Continued Awareness and Final Decline

I Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs

If there is a unified critical opinion of Bloomfield's works, it is that the first are the best. One modern critic finds that the first poetry, The Farmer's Boy, was surely his best;1 another finds Bloomfield's next work, Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs, full of “undistinguished poems.”2 More recently, Graham Reed observed...

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