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The Seasons, and Castle of Indolence (original 1750; edition 1821)

by James Thomson

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Thomson's varied and complex poem The Seasons popularized a new mode of interpreting external nature, one which understood nature as a philosophy and religion, and made Thomson the preeminent English poet of nature until he was supplanted by Wordsworth. Based on the 1746 text, this is the first substantially annotated edition of The Seasons since 1871. Including Thomson's other work of considerable importance, The Castle of Indolence, this volume offers extensive explanatory notes and is illustrated with reproductions from the 1730 edition.… (more)
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Title:The Seasons, and Castle of Indolence
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Info:London: Printed for F.C. and J. Rivington ... [and 17 others], 1820 [i.e. 1821]
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[S]ome parts [of The Seasons] are frankly boring, and some (e.g. the bathing episode in Summer) are in a false taste. I don't myself think that any of it is as good as the opening of The Castle of Indolence: the second canto everyone gives up as hopeless.
- from a 1 October 1931 letter to Arthur Greeves, in The collected letters of C.S. Lewis, volume I

'The Castle of Indolence' goes on excellently: it is quite a good imitation of Spencer, and has a certain shy humour mixed with it, which Spencer himself has not.
- from a 3 June 1917 letter to Arthur Greeves, in The collected letters of C.S. Lewis, volume I ( )
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Thomson's varied and complex poem The Seasons popularized a new mode of interpreting external nature, one which understood nature as a philosophy and religion, and made Thomson the preeminent English poet of nature until he was supplanted by Wordsworth. Based on the 1746 text, this is the first substantially annotated edition of The Seasons since 1871. Including Thomson's other work of considerable importance, The Castle of Indolence, this volume offers extensive explanatory notes and is illustrated with reproductions from the 1730 edition.

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