Date of Award

Spring 1960

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




It ia a generally accepted fact among critics that George Crabbe was a realist. It will be the purpose of this paper to examine this conclusion for its validity. More exactly, I shall compare the poetry of Crabbe with the historical records of his era and measure how closely Crabbe came to reproducing, realistically, his own times. The paper is really a study of Crabbe's realism as reflected in his poetry with a view toward questioning the verdict of the critics.

In this work I have attempted to dispel several misconceived notions about Crabbe's poetry, but the general conclusions will not cast any revolutionary new light on it. In this study of Crabbe's realism the answers to many questions are not always explicit; some I have left to the observation's of the reader.