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Victorian poetry : poetry, poetics, and politics /
Isobel Armstrong.
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New York : Routledge, 1993.
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xi, 545 p.
ISBN
0415030161
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New York : Routledge, 1993.
isbn
0415030161
catalogue key
3288684
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Victorian Poetryis 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.
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Victorian Poetry is a major re-evaluation of the genre by one of the foremost scholars of the period. In a work that is uniquely comprehensive and theoretically astute, Isobel Armstrong rescues Victorian poetry from its longstanding sepia image as a 'a moralised form of romantic verse', and unearths its often subversive critique of nineteenth-century culture and politics. For the first time, the aesthetics and politics of Victorian poetry are brought together in a sustained historical discussion. Isobel Armstrong examines its conservative and dissident traditions, and compares the work of familiar middle-class male poets to that of female and working-class poets. Victorian Poetry brilliantly demonstrates the extraordinary sophistication of the genre. At the same time it presents a vigorous challenge to some crucial issues in contemporary Marxist, post-structuralist and feminist criticism. The volume constitutes a landmark in the appreciation and understanding of Victorian literature.
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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
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction Rereading Victorian Poetryp. 1
Conservative and Benthamite Aesthetics of the Avant-Gardep. 23
Two Systems of Concentric Circlesp. 25
Experiments of 1830p. 41
1832: Critique of the Poetry of Sensationp. 77
Experiments in the 1830sp. 112
The Politics of Dramatic Formp. 136
Mid-Century: European Revolution and Crimean Warp. 163
Individualism under Pressurep. 165
The Radical in Crisis: Cloughp. 178
The Liberal in Crisis: Arnoldp. 205
A New Radical Aestheticp. 232
Tennyson in the 1850sp. 252
Browning in the 1850s and afterp. 284
'A Music of Thine Own'p. 318
Another Culture? Another Poetics?p. 379
Introduction The 1860s and afterp. 381
Swinburne: Agonistic Republicanp. 402
Hopkins: Agonistic Reactionaryp. 420
Meredith and Othersp. 440
James Thomson: Atheist, Blasphemer and Anarchistp. 460
Postscriptp. 479
Notesp. 490
Indexp. 530
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