The eighteenth century is also called the Age of Reason or the Age of Good Sense. Every man in this age had a right to state according to his own knowledge and observation, despite of following the rules chalked out by the ancestors. He could stand on his own legs and be guided in the conduct of his affairs by the light of his own reason. Poetry became polished, witty and artificial but it lacked the fine feelings, enthusiasm and poetic glow of Elizabethan age.There was no earnestness of puritan age. In fact, it became more interested in portrayal of actual life and distrusted inspiration and imagination. As the eighteenth century is a long period, it can be divided into, The Age of Pope, the Age of Johnson, and The Romantic Age.
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