The Realms of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building

The Realms of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building

by Matthew Reynolds

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The Realms of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building by Matthew Reynolds

The poets of the mid-nineteenth century lived in a time of "nation-building." The Realms of Verse brings that political and intellectual context to life. It shows that the Italian Risorgimento raised questions about community and individual liberty which were especially problematic for subjects of the multi-national United Kingdom, and argues that these questions are at the heart of the poetry of Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Tennyson, and Clough. Their long poems characteristically tell stories about marriage, investigating the symbolic and actual interactions between that personal union and national unity. Their verse as a whole exploits correspondences between formal control and political government, and is alert to its own role in fostering a common culture. Historically detailed, theoretically astute, critically nimble, and stylishly written, The Realms of Verse is the most far-reaching reassessment of Victorian poetry to have been published in recent years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199282029
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/12/2005
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

St Anne's College, Oxford

Table of Contents

Orientations
Poetry and its times
Poets and nations
Three types of unity
The inspiration of Italy
From elegy to prophecy
The scope of narrative: Aurora Leigh
Repulsive Clough
Browning's alien pages
Tennyson's Britain
Ever-broadening Britain
The empire of the imagiantion
The married state: Idylls of the King
Coda: After the realms of verse
Works cited
Index

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