Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry

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Mai 2004



Matthew Campbell explores the work of four Victorian poets--Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins and Hardy--in the context of their concern with questions of human agency and will. Through close study of meter, rhyme and rhythm, Campbell reveals how closely, for these poets, questions of poetics are related to issues of psychology, ethics and social change. He goes on to discuss more general questions of poetics, from Milton through Romanticism and into contemporary critical debate, making a major contribution to the current renewal of interest in formalist readings of poetry.


1. Two decisions; Part I. Rhythm and Will: 2. 'Will' and rhythm; 3. Tennyson, Browning and the absorbing soul; Part II. Monologue and Monodrama: 4. Browning and the element of action; 5. 'Tis well that I should bluster': Tennyson's monologues; Part III. Making a Will: 6. The drift of In Memoriam; 7. Incarnating elegy in The Wreck of the Deutschland; 8. The mere continuator: Thomas Hardy and the end of elegy.


'... combines alert prosodic analysis with thematic commentary, providing some of the most interesting close reading of Victorian poetry since Herbert Tucker's Tennyson and the Doom of Romanticism.' Choice '... Rhythm and Will is essentially an innovative study, and that Campbell is operating ahead of much of the field.' Peter McDonald, Notes and Queries '... a book that scrupulously heeds what Victorian poets actually said, and how they said it'. Victorian Poetry '... a lively and critically intelligent book.' The Review of English Studies '... a brilliant study ... is a courageously independent-minded work of scholarship which thereby possesses an originality and integrity increasingly rare in contemporary criticism.' Tennyson Research Newsletter
EAN: 9780521604222
ISBN: 0521604222
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Nineteent'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2004
Seitenanzahl: 292 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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