Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning

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Routledge, 8 Απρ 2016 - 200 σελίδες
The subject of Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning could not be timelier with Zizek’s recent proclamation that we are ’living in the end times’ and in an era which is preoccupied with the process and consequences of ageing. We mourn both for our pasts and futures as we now recognise that history is a continuation and record of loss. Mark Sandy explores the treatment of grief, loss, and death across a variety of Romantic poetic forms, including the ballad, sonnet, epic, elegy, fragment, romance, and ode in the works of poets as diverse as Smith, Hemans, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, and Clare. Romantic meditations on grief, however varied in form and content, are self-consciously aware of the complexity and strength of feelings surrounding the consolation or disconsolation that their structures of poetic memory afford those who survive the imaginary and actual dead. Romantic mourning, Sandy shows, finds expression in disparate poetic forms, and how it manifests itself both as the spirit of its age, rooted in precise historical conditions, and as a proleptic power, of lasting transhistorical significance. Romantic meditations on grief and loss speak to our contemporary anxieties about the inevitable, but unthinkable, event of death itself.
 

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Romantic Forms of Grief
1
William Blake and the Songs of Loss
17
Wordsworth and the Circulation of Grief
33
Coleridge Introspection and the Inward Turn of the Conversation Poems
47
Grieving Voices and SelfConsuming Subjectivity in Charlotte Smith and Felicia Hemans
61
Posthumous Reputations and the Art of Forgetting in Byrons Poetic Ruins
79
Shelleys Elegiac Voice and Poetic Voyages
97
Keats and Tragic Realisation
115
John Clares Landscapes of Memory and Mourning
131
Romantic Forms of Grief in Victorian Poetic Birdsong
149
Bibliography
171
Index
183
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Mark Sandy is Senior Lecturer in English at Durham University, UK. He has recently co-edited a volume on Venice and the Cultural Imagination (2012).

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