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The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry

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Weliver (English, Wilkes University) presents a collection of 10 essays by international contributors in both English and musicology that combines the two fields in an exploration of how music is portrayed in nineteenth-century British poetry and therefore in British culture. Essays discuss national songs published without music, Shelley and Coleridge's depictions of the Aeolian harp, poetry by Blake, George Eliot, Tennyson, Christina and D.G. Rosetti, music and sexuality, and Sappho's poetry in a song cycle by Granville and Helen Bantock. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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1 Scotch drink & Irish harps : mediations of the national air 25
2 "Suspended" sense in Alastor : Shelley's musical trope and eighteenth-century medical discourse 50
3 On music framed : the Eolian harp in romantic writing 70
4 Music and inspiration in Blake's poetry 85
5 "Music their larger soul" : George Eliot's "The legend of Jubal" and Victorian musicality 107
6 Musical reactions to Tennyson : reformulating musical imagery in "The lotos-eaters" 132
7 "Monna Innominata" and Christina Rossetti's audible unhappiness 174
8 The "silent song" of D. G. Rossetti's The house of life 194
9 "The music spoke for us" : music and sexuality in fin-de-siecle poetry 213
10 Sappho recomposed : a song cycle by Granville and Helen Bantock 230
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