Date of Award

Spring 1952

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Lewis F. Ball


A critic of English literature, writing about nature in poetry, has said that the subject-matter ot poetry may be divided into three main groups: man, God, and nature. This paper is primarily concerned with the last division, and more especially with a treatment of plant life in eighteenth-century poetry. Such a treatment must of necessity require wide reading and careful selection of the material to be covered, since the chief aim of the writer is to present the subject in such a manner that it is representative of the whole period of English poetry from 1700 to 1800.