The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry

The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry

by Phyllis Weliver
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754605477

ISBN-13: 9780754605478

Pub. Date: 04/01/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

How was music depicted in and mediated through Romantic and Victorian poetry? This is the central question that this specially commissioned volume of essays sets out to explore in order to understand better music's place and its significance in nineteenth-century British culture. Analysing how music took part in and commented on a wide range of scientific, literary

Overview

How was music depicted in and mediated through Romantic and Victorian poetry? This is the central question that this specially commissioned volume of essays sets out to explore in order to understand better music's place and its significance in nineteenth-century British culture. Analysing how music took part in and commented on a wide range of scientific, literary, and cultural discourses, the book expands our knowledge of how music was central to the nineteenth-century imagination. Like its companion volume, The Idea of Music in Victorian Fiction (Ashgate, 2004) edited by Sophie Fuller and Nicky Losseff, this book provides a meeting place for literary studies and musicology, with contributions by scholars situated in each field. Areas investigated in these essays include the Romantic interest in national musical traditions; the figure of the Eolian harp in the poetry of Coleridge and Shelley; the recurring theme of music in Blake's verse; settings of Tennyson by Parry and Elgar that demonstrate how literary representations of musical ideas are refigured in music; George Eliot's use of music in her poetry to explore literary and philosophical themes; music in the verse of Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti; the personification of lyric (Sappho) in a song cycle by Granville and Helen Bantock; and music and sexual identity in the poetry of Wilde, Symons, Michael Field, Beardsley, Gray and Davidson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754605478
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
1.20(w) x 1.30(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Scotch drink & Irish harps: mediations of the national air, Celeste Langan; 'Suspended'sense in Alastor: Shelley's musical trope and 18th-century medical discourse, Kimiyo Ogawa; On music framed: the Eolian harp in romantic writing, Susan Bernstein; Music and inspiration in Blake's poetry, John Hughes; 'Music their larger soul': George Eliot's 'The Legend of Jubal' and Victorian musicality, Ruth A. Solie; Musical reactions to Tennyson: reformulating musical imagery in 'The Lotos-Eaters', Michael Allis; 'Monna Innominata' and Christina Rossetti's audible unhappiness, Yeo Wei Wei; The 'silent song' of D.G. Rossetti's The House of Life, Phyllis Weliver; 'The Music Spoke for Us': music and sexuality in fin-de-siècle poetry, Emma Sutton; Sappho recomposed: a song cycle by Granville and Helen Bantock, Yopie Prins; Index.

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