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Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politicsby Mrs I Armstrong
Synopses & Reviews
Victorian Poetry is a major re-evaluation of the genre by one of the leading scholars of the period. In a work both comprehensive and astute, the author demonstrates the sophisticaiton of Victorian poetry, rescuing it from its longstanding image as `a moralized form of romantic verse'.
Amrstrong brings together the familiar poets of the era: Swinburne, Tennyson, Hopkins and Browning, and relates them to female and working-class poets. The aesthetics and politics of Victorian poetrym both conservative and radical, are then examined and brought together in a historical discussion that challenges some of the vital issues in contemporary criticism.
This volume marks an acheivement in the appreciation and understanding of Victorian literature, re-reading Victorian poetry from the midst of contemporary debate.
In a work that is uniquely comprehensive and theoretically astute, Isobel Armstrong rescues Victorian poetry from its longstanding sepia image as 'a moralised form of romantic verse', and unearths its often subversive critique of nineteenth-century culture and politics.
Table of Contents
Two systems of concentric circles — Experiments of 1830: Tennyson and the formation of subversive, conservative poetry: Tory poetry: the strength of reaction — 1832: critique of the poetry of sensation: loss of nerve: the decadence of the poetry of sensation and a new conservatism — Experiments in the 1830s: Browning and the Benthamite formation: alternative radical poetry and its problems — The politics of dramatic form: the dramatic poem and the theory of fictions — Individualism under pressure — The radical in crisis: clough — The liberal in crisis: Arnold — A new radical aesthetic: the Grotesque as cultural critique: Morris — Tennyson in the 1850s: new experiments in conservative poetry and the type: from geology to pathology: In memoriam (1850) to Maud (1855) — Browning in the 1850s and after: new experiments in radical poetry and the Grotesque — 'A music of thine own': women's poetry: an expressive tradition? — Swinburne: agnositc republican: the poetry of sensation as democratic critique — Hopkins: agonistic reactionary: the Grotesque as conservative form — Meredith and others: hard, gem-like dissidence — James Thomson: atheist, blasphemer and anarchist: the Grotesque sublime.
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