Dr Chris Townsend publishes ‘Philosophical Connections: Akenside, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism’, CUP, May 2022

Image credit: ‘Philosophical Connections: Akenside, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism’ by Dr Chris Townsend. Published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr Chris Townsend’s Philosophical Connections: Akenside, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism was published on May 2nd with Cambridge University Press, as part of their Elements series. It takes Mark Akenside’s Pleasures of Imagination as a vital link between Alexander Pope’s poetry and the Romantics. Dr Townsend draws attention in particular to Akenside’s focus on appearances and how the world seems to be; in Pope, Akenside, and the Romantics alike, the relation between what we know and what we think we see is a primary concern for poetry.