The Poetics of Sensibility: A Revolution in Literary Style

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Jerome McGann's exciting new work represents the most significant intervention in Romantic studies since his The Romantic Ideology. It takes as its prime aim the reading of neglected poetry, principally by women, which qualifies as either poetry of sensibility or poetry of sentiment. It is certain to provoke discussion among anyone interested in the hundred years of poetry it considers. Writers discussed include: Ann Batten Cristall, Benardin, Coleridge, Erasmus Darwin, Thomas Gray, Francis Greville, Felicia Hemans, William Jones, Keats, Ossian, Mary Robinson, Schiller, Shelley, Wordsworth, and Ann Yearsley. This newest work by the preeminent critic of Romantic poetry will attract students and scholars of English literature and Women's Studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184782
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 228
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Roads of Excess 11
1 A Disordering of the Senses 13
2 Coleridge's 'Eolian Harp' and the Motion of Thought 19
3 Thomas Gray's 'Thoughts, that breathe, and words, that burn' 24
4 Ossian as a Poetry of Knowledge 33
Pt. II 'Sensate Hearts': The Poetry of Sensibility 41
5 Learning by Doing: The Example of 'The Amorous Lady' 43
6 Frances Greville's 'A Prayer for Indifference' 50
7 Ann Yearsley's 'Remonstrance in the Platonic Shade, Flourishing on an Height' 55
8 Motherhood and the Self Unknown 65
9 The Literal World of the English Della Cruscans 74
10 Mary Robinson and the Myth of Sappho 94
Pt. III The 'Feeling Mind' of Sentimental Poetry 117
11 Sentimental Grounds: Schiller, Wordsworth, Bernardin, Shelley, Keats 119
12 Enlightened Minds: Sir William Jones and Erasmus Darwin 127
13 Sentimentalism as Consumption and Exchange 136
14 Waking from Adam's Dream: L.E.L.'s Art of Disillusion 143
15 The Loss of Sentimental Poetry 150
16 Literary History, Romanticism, and Felicia Hemans: A Conversation between A. Mack, J. J. Rome, and G. Mannejc 174
Conclusion: Starting from Death: The Poetry of Ann Batten Cristall 195
Bibliography 207
Index 215
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