Poetic Form and British Romanticism

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Oxford University Press, Feb 22, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
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Across Europe, and particularly in Great Britain, the Romantic age coincided with a large-scale revival of lost literatures and the first attempts to create a coherent history of Western literature. Calling into question that history, Stuart Curran demonstrates that the Romantic poets, far from being indifferent or hostile to popular forms of literature were actually obsessed with them as repositories of literary conventions and conveyors of implicit ideological value. Whether in their proccupation with fixed forms, which resulted in the incomparable artistry of Romantic odes, or in their rethinking of major genres like the pastoral, the epic, and the romance, the Romantic poets transformed every element they touched to suit their own democratic, secular and skeptical ethos--a world view recognizably modern in its dimensions.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Of Form and Genre
3
Chapter 2 The Second Renaissance
14
Chapter 3 The Sonnet
29
Chapter 4 The Hymn and Ode
56
Chapter 5 The Pastoral
85
Chapter 6 The Romance
128
Chapter 7 The Epic
158
Chapter 8 Composite Orders
180
Chapter 9 Form and Freedom in European Romantic Poetry
204
Notes
221
Index
253
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