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The Minstrel; Or, The Progress of Genius. A Poem. The Second Book.

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The Minstrel; Or, The Progress of Genius. A Poem. The Second Book.

By James Beattie


“James Beattie (1735-1803), poet and philosopher. “The Minstrel,” a poem in Spenserian stanza, was begun in 1766, probably as a lighthearted, satirical work. In the spring of 1768 Beattie was inspired to continue it as his own poetic autobiography. It describes the childhood of Edwin, a shephe…

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