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Masters of repetition : poetry, culture, and work in Thomson, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Emerson

Author: Lisa Malinowski Steinman
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In an age of mass markets, mass audiences, and mass culture, the role of poetry in our moral or political world seems at best uncertain. This was a dilemma faced by such poets as James Thomson, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In Masters of Repetition, Lisa M. Steinman examines this issue by focusing on the work of these four poets. Covering the period between 1725 and 1847,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: James Thomson; William Wordsworth; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Percy Bysshe Shelley; James Thomson; William Wordsworth
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Malinowski Steinman
ISBN: 0312211414 9780312211417
OCLC Number: 38504310
Description: viii, 248 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Milton's evening ear : displacement and loss of minstrelsy in the work of James Thomson (1700-1748) --II. A power to virtue friendly : the art of power and the power of art in the work of William Wordsworth --
III. These common woes : repetition and conversation in the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley --
IV. Par nobile fratrum : the earlier work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Responsibility: Lisa M. Steinman.
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In an age of mass markets, mass audiences, and mass culture, the role of poetry in our moral or political world seems at best uncertain. This was a dilemma faced by such poets as James Thomson, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In Masters of Repetition, Lisa M. Steinman examines this issue by focusing on the work of these four poets. Covering the period between 1725 and 1847, Steinman looks at the involvement of these poets with literary history, and the changing social climates each of them confronted. She addresses the idea of influence and of each poet's debt to the poets who came before him, as well as the struggle for an original voice. Describing how all four poets seized on the practice of poetry as not just art but as a vehicle for social action and change, Steinman contemporizes this idea and reveals the ways in which each poet attempted to align his work with power. She also shows how these poets responded to the conflict posed by inherited literary models and current cultural changes.

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