ALLEGORIES OF ONES OWN MIND: MELANCHOLY IN VICTORIAN POETRY David G. Riede

ISBN: 9780814290859

Published: October 29th 2005

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226 pages


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ALLEGORIES OF ONES OWN MIND: MELANCHOLY IN VICTORIAN POETRY  by  David G. Riede

ALLEGORIES OF ONES OWN MIND: MELANCHOLY IN VICTORIAN POETRY by David G. Riede
October 29th 2005 | Audio CD | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 226 pages | ISBN: 9780814290859 | 8.78 Mb

Perhaps because major Victorians like Thomas Carlyle and Matthew Arnold proscribed Romantic melancholy as morbidly diseased and unsuitable for poetic expression, critics have neglected or understated the central importance of melancholy in VictorianMorePerhaps because major Victorians like Thomas Carlyle and Matthew Arnold proscribed Romantic melancholy as morbidly diseased and unsuitable for poetic expression, critics have neglected or understated the central importance of melancholy in Victorian poetry. Allegories of Ones Own Mind re-directs our attention to a mode that Arnold was rejecting as morbid but also acknowledging when he disparaged the widely current idea that the highest ambition of poetry should be to present an allegory of the poets own mind.

This book shows how early Victorian poets suffered from and railed against what they perceived to be a disabling post-Wordsworthian melancholy - we might refer to it as depression - and yet benefited from this self-absorbed or love-obsessed state, which ironically made them more productive.



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