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The Meaning of Life in Romantic Poetry and Poetics

ISBN 9780415809139
Published August 16, 2011 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

This volume brings together an impressive range of established and emerging scholars to investigate the meaning of ‘life’ in Romantic poetry and poetics. This investigation involves sustained attention to a set of challenging questions at the heart of British Romantic poetic practice and theory. Is poetry alive for the Romantic poets? If so, how? Does ‘life’ always mean ‘life’? In a range of essays from a variety of complementary perspectives, a number of major Romantic poets are examined in detail. The fate of Romantic conceptions of ‘life’ in later poetry also receives attention. Through, for examples, a revision of Blake’s relationship to so-called rationalism, a renewed examination of Wordsworth’s fascination with country graveyards, an exploration of Shelley’s concept of survival, and a discussion of the notions of ‘life’ in Byron, Kierkegaard, and Mozart, this volume opens up new and exciting terrain in Romantic poetry’s relation to literary theory, the history of philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ross Wilson  Chapter 1: Blake’s Spiritual Body Simon Jarvis  Chapter 2: Gray, Wordsworth, and the Poetry of Ordinary Life Stefan H. Uhlig  Chapter 3: Wordsworth and the Life of a Subject Richard Eldridge  Chapter 4: The Romantic Life of the Self Paul Hamilton  Chapter 5: Fragments of an Interrupted Life: Keats, Blanchot, and the Gift of Death David Ferris  Chapter 6: Poetry as Reanimation in Shelley Ross Wilson  Chapter 7: The Profligate Catalogue: Don Juan, Don Giovanni, and the Reproduction of Life Corinna Russell  Chapter 8: Afternach: Life’s Posthumous Life in Later-Modernist American Poetry Robert Kaufman

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Ross Wilson is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His works Subjective Universality in Kant’s Aesthetics (Lang) and Theodor Adorno (Routledge) appeared in 2007.