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Reading Margaret Chalmers

Guest post by Fiona Piercy

If someone had told me a year ago, when I started a class on 18th century poetry, that I’d go on to write my undergraduate dissertation on the subject I wouldn’t have believed them. Filled with political satire and classical allusions studying poetry of the 18th century seemed a daunting task to undertake. However, nestled amongst the canonical greats, such as Pope and Burns, that dominated the class’ reading list was a poet I’d never heard of: Margaret Chalmers. …read more >>