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The Vicar Of Wakefield And The Deserted Village By Oliver Goldsmith

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Oliver Goldsmith attained many professions such as a poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist and eccentric. His way with words was so gracefully fluent that it deserted him in society. His language was too advanced and his thoughts were so wise. Goldsmith wrote with confidence, which resulted in him being an excellent writer. His exceptional work is vividly shown in his two poems, The Vicar of Wakefield and The Deserted Village. These poems illustrate the theme of domestic tragedy and joy. Goldsmith was “born on 29 November 1731” according to the Library of Congress authority file (1465). Goldsmith had actually forgotten which year he was born in. He was confused between 1730 and 1731. He used to live in London and was enjoying life “He worked as a writer and was friends with the artistic and literary luminaries of the time” (1465). Goldsmith made good connections in London which helped him later shape his career. They say perfection comes with practice, “Goldsmith became a prolific writer during the last fifteen years of his life” (1466). His hard work throughout his life paid off. He has reached new heights of flawlessness. People think that only individuals who have a serious attitude towards their life and work can achieve what Goldsmith has. Goldsmith had a bold personality, “He was certainly the master comedian of his age” (1467). This validates not only was Goldsmith great at what he does, but he also knew how to have the time of his life.
In the time of Goldsmith, there was poetry written in Classicism and Romanticism. Poets took attention of their audience in various ways, “poets viewed themselves primarily in relation to their audience (1467)”. Eighteenth century poets took advantage of in what manner and how their audience thought of themselves, and what they took pride in. Goldsmith did not support the philosophy of Romanticism, “Goldsmith was not a Romantic but a classicist by temperament, whose taste was molded by the Latin classics” (Theodore 134). He restricted himself to write classical works because he did not appreciate the romantics. He valued ideas and thoughts in his work rather than emotions of love. The themes that run through Oliver Goldsmith’s extensive fiction poems are his philosophical inquiries into human nature and the problem of evil, using imagery and satire.
One of many famous pieces of work is called The Vicar of Wakefield written by Oliver Goldsmith and Arthur Friedman. It depicts the fall and rise of the Primrose family, presided over by the benevolent vicar, the narrator of a fairy-tale plot of impersonation and deception, the abduction of a beautiful heroine named Olivia and the machinations of an aristocratic villain named Squire. This poem contains a series of events and tragedies with a great deal of misunderstandings, “It would be wrong simply to dismiss Primrose as a food, however, for Goldsmith underscored that Primrose’s understanding may be limited, but his heart is golden”(Garbett 1472). Critic, Ann...

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