Byron and the Forms of Thought

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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Dr Anthony Howe is Senior Lecturer in English at Birmingham City University. He is editor of the volume Liberty and Poetic Licence: New Essays on Byron (Liverpool University Press, 2008) and, with Professor Michael O'Neill, of The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (2013).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part 1: Philosophy
Essay I - 'I doubt if doubt itself be doubting': Scepticism, System and Poetry
Essay II - A 'voice from out the Wilderness': Cain and Philosophical Poetry
Part 2: Poetics
Essay III - The need for 'all this': Johnson, Bowles and the Forms of Prose
Essay IV - 'I wish to do as much by Poesy': Amidst a Byronic Poetics
Part 3: Outlines
Essay V - The Flower and the Gem: Narrative Form and the Traces of Eden
Essay VI - 'Glory's dream Unriddled': Politics and the Forms of War
Coda: 'In Short'
Bibliography
Index

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