This book examines the Laureateship as an exponent of complex relations between literature and the Monarchy, and defines the nature and mode of existence of laureate poetry in England from the Restoration up to the present day. With the Monarchy seen as a long-lasting foundation of Englishness, the institution of Poet Laureateship provides a symbolic component of national identity, an official link between literature, culture and the Monarchy.
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Ewa Panecka is Adjunct Professor of English Philology at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland. Apart from history of literature, her professional interests include poetry, in particular images of English identity as a locus communis of the literary discourse in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. She is currently working on a project offering new ways into the study of religious experience in modern English poetry.