The Politics of Romantic Poetry: In Search of the Pure Commonwealth

The Politics of Romantic Poetry: In Search of the Pure Commonwealth

by R. Cronin
     
 

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In recent years critics of Romantic poetry have divided into two groups that have little to say to one another. One group, as yet the most numerous, insists that to study a poem is to investigate the historical circumstances out of which it was produced; the other retorts that poetry offers pleasures fully available only to readers whose attention is focused on

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In recent years critics of Romantic poetry have divided into two groups that have little to say to one another. One group, as yet the most numerous, insists that to study a poem is to investigate the historical circumstances out of which it was produced; the other retorts that poetry offers pleasures fully available only to readers whose attention is focused on their language. This book attempts to reconcile the two groups by arguing that a poet's most effective political action is the forging of a new language and that the political import of a poem is a function of its style.

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He is a master of his subject, and his book is the most ground-breaking critique of the Romantic movement to have appeared... Times Literary Supplement (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312227494
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
04/08/2000
Series:
Romanticism in Perspective:Texts, Cultures, Histories Series
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

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Richard Cronin is Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow.

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