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The sugar-cane: a poem -Title page

The sugar-cane: a poem -Title page

Author: Grainger, James

Medium: Letterpress

Date: 1766

Shelfmark: 11632.aaa.56(3)

Item number: Title Page

Length: 16.4

Width: 8.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Printed Text

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This is the title page from James Grainger's work, 'The Sugar-Cane: A Poem.' First published in 1764, the poem challenged traditional ways of writing poetry. Grainger also made use of local names and expressions when describing the flowers, plants, birds and animals. He took inspiration from a wide range of sources from Greek literature to Milton. The title page includes an epigraph taken from the 'Astromica,' written by the Roman poet Marcus Manilius in the first century AD. It translates as 'and I am the first to attempt to stir with the new songs Helicon and its green-topped, nodding woods, bringing strange mysteries, proclaimed by none before me.'

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