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The purpose of the present study is to survey some of the representative English physico-theological poems, and see how the theme of the expansion of self-awareness paves the way to Romanticism which is to come half a century later. The poems considered were, among others, James Thomson's The Seasons, John Dyer's The Ruins of Romeanticism: How Arose the lyric from Loco-descriptive Poetry (Meisei University Press, 2004). This book, contributed by twelve scholars specializing in the eighteenth-century English poetry, is pioneering work treating many poems hitherto untouched not only by Japanese scholars "Cooper's Hill" by John Denham, Windsor Forest by Alexander Pope, The Seasons by James Thomson, The ruins of Rome by John Dyer, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, The Minstrel by James Beattie, The Task by William Cowper, Fourteen Sonnets by William L.Bowles, and Beachy Head by Charlotte Smith. The former half of the present study was devoted to preparations for its publication and revision. (The revised second edition was published in 2005.)
The latter half of the present study was devoted to William Wordsworth's "There was a boy", Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind", John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn", Lord Byron, "The Colosseum episode" from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Where the vocative words and expressions often evoke poet's egotism. This will constitute the Paper to be read at the 77^<th> Annual Meeting of Japan English Literary Society to be held in May 2006 at Chukyo University, Nagoya.