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The Deserted Village, A Poem.

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The Deserted Village, A Poem.

By Oliver Goldsmith


In the 1760s Goldsmith witnessed the demolition of an ancient village and destruction of its farms to clear land to become the private garden of a wealthy landowner, most likely Simon Harcourt, the 1st Earl Harcourt. This was the direct inspiration for his great poem, ‘The Deserted Village,’ p…

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