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Borough

George Crabbe (1754-1832)

1. Letter 1 General Description
2. Letter 2 The Church
3. Letter 3 The Vicar, The Curate, &c
4. Letter 4 Introduction and Sects And Professions In Religion
5. Letter 5 The Election
6. Letter 6 Professions--Law
7. Letter 7 Professions--Physic
8. Letter 8 Trades
9. Letter 9 Amusements
10. Letter 10 Clubs And Social Meetings
11. Letter 11 Inns
12. Letter 12 Players
13. Letter 13 The Almshouse And Trustees
14. Letter 14 Inhabitants Of The Almshouse: Life Of Blaney
15. Letter 15 Inhabitants Of The Almshouse: Clelia
16. Letter 16 Inhabitants Of The Almshouse: Benbow
17. Letter 17 The Hospital And Governors
18. Letter 18 The Poor And Their Dwellings
19. Letter 19 The Poor Of The Borough: The Parish Clerk
20. Letter 20 The Poor Of The Borough: Ellen Orford
21. Letter 21 The Poor Of The Borough: Abel Keene
22. Letter 22 The Poor Of The Borough: Peter Grimes
23. Letter 23 Prisons
24. Letter 24 Schools

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Summary

English village life and villagers in the east of England in the late 1700’s and early 1800s—is the subject of The Borough. George Crabbe was an English poet, surgeon, and clergyman. He is best known for his early use of the realistic narrative form and his descriptions of middle and working-class life and people. Lord Byron, an avowed admirer of Crabbe's poetry, described him as "nature's sternest painter, yet the best." Crabbe's poetry was predominantly in the form of heroic couplets, and has been described as unsentimental in its depiction of provincial life and society. Modern critic Frank Whitehead has said that "Crabbe, in his verse tales in particular, is an important–indeed, a major–poet whose work has been and still is seriously undervalued." A borough is an administrative division in various countries. In principle, the term borough designates a self-governing township although, in practice, official use of the term varies widely. Benjamin Britten took the story of Peter Grimes (Letter 22) for his opera of the same name, though Britten changed the import of the story.