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Byron and the forms of thought

Author: Tony Howe
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2013.
Series: Liverpool English texts and studies, 60.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Byron and the forms of thought' is a major new study of Byron as a poet and thinker. While informed by recent work on Byron's philosophical contexts, the book questions attempts to describe Byron as a philosopher of a particular kind. It approaches Byron, rather, as a writer fascinated by the different ways of thinking philosophy and poetry are taken to represent. After an Introduction that explores Byron's  Read more...
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Named Person: George Gordon Byron Byron, Baron; George Gordon Byron Byron, Baron; George Gordon Byron Byron, Baron
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Howe
ISBN: 9781846319716 1846319714
OCLC Number: 1118515429
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.) -- Birmingham City University.
Description: vii, 195 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Abbreviations --
Preface --
Introduction --
Part 1: Philosophy --
Essay I: 'I doubt if doubt itself be doubting': Scepticism, system and poetry --
Essay II: A 'voice from out the wilderness': Cain and Philosophical poetry --
Part 2: Poetics --
Essay III: The need for 'all this': Johnson, Bowles and the forms of prose --
Essay IV: 'I wish to do as much by poesy': Amidst a Byronic poetics --
Part 3: Outlines --
Essay V: The flower and the gem: Narrative form and the traces of Eden --
Essay VI: 'Glory's dream unriddled': Politics and the forms of war --
Coda: 'In short' --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Liverpool English texts and studies, 60.
Responsibility: Anthony Howe.

Abstract:

'Byron and the forms of thought' is a major new study of Byron as a poet and thinker. While informed by recent work on Byron's philosophical contexts, the book questions attempts to describe Byron as a philosopher of a particular kind. It approaches Byron, rather, as a writer fascinated by the different ways of thinking philosophy and poetry are taken to represent. After an Introduction that explores Byron's reception as a thinker, the book moves to a new reading of Byron's scepticism, arguing for a close proximity, in Byron's thought, between epistemology and poetics. This is explored through readings of Byron's efforts both as a philosophical poet and writer of critical prose. The conclusions reached form the basis of an extended reading of 'Don Juan' as a critical narrative that investigates connections between visionary and political consciousness. What emerges is a deeply thoughtful poet intrigued and exercised by the possibilities of literary form. -- Publisher's description.

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