The Celestial Twins: Poetry and Music Through the Ages

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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All art constantly aspires toward the condition of music wrote Walter Pater. While recognizing many affinities between music and poetry, this work argues that poetry in western culture has repeatedly separated itself from musical contexts and that the best poetry is a purely verbal art.
 

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CELESTIAL TWINS

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A model of scholarship that is not just convincing but a pleasure to read, The Celestial Twins argues that the best poetry has always been invigorated by music. Dante's poetry, for example, emerged ... Read full review

Contents

From Latin Verse to Sacred Song
25
The Transition to Vernacular Song
45
OralFormulaic Beginnings
61
Nature and Artifice
82
The English Renaissance
101
Arranged Marriages
118
Godgifted Organ Voice of England
137
Can Empty Sounds Such Joys Impart
166
The Revival of the Lyric
195
A Second Renaissance
213
Three American Originals
236
Some Moderns
258
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H. T. Kirby-Smith is associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

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