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By Richard Gray

A heritage of yankee Poetry offers a finished exploration of the improvement of yankee poetic traditions from their pre-Columbian origins to the current day.

- deals an in depth and obtainable account of the complete variety of yank poetry
- Situates the tale of yank poetry inside of an important social and ancient contexts, and locations person poets and poems within the correct intertextual contexts
- Explores and translates American poetry by way of the overseas positioning and multicultural personality of the United States
- offers readers with a method to appreciate the person works and personalities that helped to form probably the most major our bodies of literature of the previous few centuries

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EXOTIC SUBSTANCES 29 Without exception, initial classification and description occurred not under the heading of food, beverages, or entertainment, but that of medicinal agents. The context was the rapid transformation of the foundation of scientific enquiry in post-medieval Europe, where the canon of antiquity and the reasoning intellect began to guide the pursuit of science, and experimentation gradually replaced deference to transmitted knowledge. Botany, alchemy, and medicine were among the sciences thus affected.

No less salient in this process are the gender aspects. A clear differentiation between private and public space also became inscribed in a segregation between male and female spheres. The popularization of tobacco followed a somewhat ambiguous trajectory in that the two opposite sides of the social spectrum acted as catalysts in its wider appeal. While sailors and soldiers spread tobacco among the common people, Europe's royal houses helped to popularize its use among the elite. An example is the transmission of the tobacco leaf from Lisbon to the French court, where the Queen Mother Catherine de Medici (r.

G. Spencer, ed. , Celsus. De medicina, 3 vols. (London, 1935—8), n, p. xlvi. , 4 (1982), pp. 187-227 (esp. 187-95). 12 John M. , 1985), pp. 94-131. 13 Dioscorides, iv, 64. 6 (ed. Wellmann, n, p. 221). 14 Theophrastus, Enquiry into Plants, ix, 12. 4 = A. F. Hort, ed. , Theophrastus. Enquiry into Plants and Minor Works on Odours and Weather Signs, 2 vols. (London, 1916), 11, pp. 280-1. 15 See my 'Pharmacy in Pliny's Natural History. , Science in the Early Roman Empire: Pliny the Elder, his Sources and Influence (London, 1986), pp.

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