Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Hardback Book

Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain Hardback

Part of the Victorian Literature and Culture Series series

Description

In arguing for the crucial importance of song for poets in the long nineteenth century, Elizabeth Helsinger focuses on both the effects of song on lyric forms and the mythopoetics through which poets explored the affinities of poetry with song.

While she considers poets long described as "musical""-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Gerard Manly Hopkins, Emily Bronte, and Algernon Charles Swinburne-she also examines the more surprising importanceof song for those poets who rethought poetry through the medium of visual art: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, and Christina Rossetti.

Helsinger's close readings incorporate the philosophical and scientific discourses prevalent at the time and today as they bear on the question of how poetry, like song, may be said to think.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 248 pages, 14 black and white illustrations
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • ISBN: 9780813938004

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