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Byron and the Forms of Thought, Hardback Book

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Byron and the Forms of Thought is a major new study of Byron as a poet and thinker.

While informed by recent work on Byron's philosophical contexts, the book questions attempts to describe Byron as a philosopher of a particular kind.

It approaches Byron, rather, as a writer fascinated by the different ways of thinking philosophy and poetry are taken to represent. After an Introduction that explores Byron's reception as a thinker, the book moves to a new reading of Byron's scepticism, arguing for a close proximity, in Byron's thought, between epistemology and poetics.

This is explored through readings of Byron's efforts both as a philosophical poet and writer of critical prose.

The conclusions reached form the basis of an extended reading of Don Juan as a critical narrative that investigates connections between visionary and political consciousness.

What emerges is a deeply thoughtful poet intrigued and exercised by the possibilities of literary form. An Open Access edition of this work is available on the OAPEN Library.

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