Shelley and the Sublime: An Interpretation of the Major Poems
CUP Archive, 1984 - 195 páginas
This book presents a major reassessment of Shelley's poetry. Whereas other criticism has stressed the philosophical and political concerns of his poetry in isolation, Angela Leighton argues that Shelley's philosophy and politics are presented as problems of poetic utterance and are this inseparable from his aesthetics. The author begins by tracing the origins of Shelley's poetic theory in eighteenth-century ideas of the sublime. She then discusses the effect of such a theory on the language of seven of Shelley's most important poems including 'Hymn to Intellectual Beauty', Prometheus Unbound, 'Ode to the West Wind', 'To a Skylark' and Adonais. In these poems the task of political change is expressed as the prerogative of the inspired poet, who desires to reunite the fallen language of poetry with the original impulse of inspiration that it supplants. This significant contribution to Shelley studies will interest all serious students of English Romantic poetry and aesthetics.
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abyss Adonais aesthetic answer anthropomorphic apprehension Asia atheism becomes bird breath celebrates characteristic chariot claims Coleridge composition creativity dead death Defence Defence of Poetry Demogorgon describes desire desolate divine dramatic dream Earth effect eighteenth century elegy emphasises empirical empiricism empty enthusiasm epistemology eternity expression fact feeling fiction Harold Bloom human Hume Hymn to Intellectual Ibid ideas infinite inspiration Intellectual Beauty internalised Jupiter Keats kind knowledge landscape language Leavis Letters light living Locke loss Lowth lyricism M. H. Abrams metaphor metonymy mind Mont Blanc nonetheless object original passage Peacock personification Phantasm philosophical poem poet poet's poetic poetry political Power presence Prometheus Unbound question regret religious revolutionary rhetorical Robert Lowth Rousseau scene scepticism sense perception Shelley writes Shelley's Shelleyan Skylark sleep song speech spell spirit of Beauty stanza strange sublime theory thou thought Triumph utterance vision voice waking West Wind words Wordsworth Wordsworthian
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