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Shelley's Style

1st Edition

By William Keach

Routledge

270 pages

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First published 1984. In a provocative study, this book argues that the problems posed by Shelley’s notoriously difficult style must be understood in relation to his ambivalence towards language itself as an artistic medium — the tension between the potential of language to mirror emotional experience and the recognition of it’s inevitable limitations. Through an exposition of Shelley’s idea of language, as reflected in his theoretical writings and individual poems, this book makes a strong case for his artistic worth. A definitive introduction to Shelley, useful for both scholars and newcomers, this book will be interest to students of literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on abbreviations and texts; Introduction; I The Mirror and the Veil: Language in Shelley’s Defence II Imaging the Operations of the Human Mind III Reflexive Imagery IV Evanescence: Melting, Dissolving, Erasing V Shelley’s Speed VI Rhyme and the Arbitrariness of Language VII Shelley’s last lyrics; Notes; Index of Shelley’s works discussed; Name and subject index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT004180
LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance
LIT014000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry
LIT024030
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century