Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry

Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry

by Matthew Campbell
     
 

In Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry, Matthew Campbell explores the work of four Victorian poets - Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins and Hardy - as they show a consistent and innovative concern with questions of human agency and will. The Victorians saw the virtues attendant upon a strong will as central to themselves and to their culture, and Victorian poetry strove to… See more details below

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In Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry, Matthew Campbell explores the work of four Victorian poets - Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins and Hardy - as they show a consistent and innovative concern with questions of human agency and will. The Victorians saw the virtues attendant upon a strong will as central to themselves and to their culture, and Victorian poetry strove to find an aesthetic form to represent this sense of the human will. Through close study of the metre, rhyme and rhythm of a wide range of poems - including monologue, lyric and elegy - Campbell reveals how closely technical questions of poetics are related, in the work of these poets, to issues of psychology, ethics and social change. He goes on to discuss more general questions of poetics, and the implications of the achievement of the Victorian poets in a wider context, from Milton through Romanticism and into contemporary critical debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521604222
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, #22
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Texts used
1Introduction: two decisions1
Pt. 1Rhythms of Will
2Rhythms of will15
3Tennyson, Browning and the absorbing soul64
Pt. 2Monologue and Monodrama
4Browning and the element of action99
5'Tis well that I should bluster': Tennyson's monologues125
Pt. 3Making a Will
6The drift of In Memoriam157
7Incarnating elegy in The Wreck of the Deutschland187
8The mere continuator: Thomas Hardy and the end of elegy210
Notes239
Bibliography259
Index269

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