In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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It is fi tting that this book begins with Shelley, because it originated with Shel-ley. More precisely, my understanding of ?art?s undoing? arose from my re-peated efforts to understand what was happening in certain crucial moments of Shelley?s The Triumph of Life. More precisely still, this project began from what I felt to be the shortcomings of my previous book?s attempt to come to ...
Introduction: “From Which One Turns Away”
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This book is about something I am calling a radical aestheticism, the term that I believe best describes a recurring event in some of the most power-ful and resonating texts of the British Romantic literary tradition. A radical aestheticism offers us the best way to reckon with what takes place at certain moments in certain texts by P. B. Shelley, Keats, Dickinson, Hopkins, D. G. ...
o n e“A Light More Dread Than Obscurity”:Spelling and Kindling in Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Ordinary harps play under any fi ngers, Aeolian harps only when struck by Wilde characterized the ?vital tendency? of Shelley?s poetry as ?the demo-cratic and pantheistic tendency.? I call it ?politics.? This is the project that animates Shelley?s poetry; and politics is the term the poet would have been likely to use and that is inseparable from his legacy. I will examine several po-...
two“I Hold It Towards You”: Keats’s Weakness
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The title of this opening section on Keats?s weakness comes from a poem that by some conventional reckonings inaugurates Keats?s strengths as a poet. The phrase ?consumed in the fi re? belongs to ?On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again,? a sonnet Keats wrote in 1818 on a page inside his folio Shakespeare, a sonnet that both anticipates and recalls the experience ...
t h r e eWhat the Zeros Taught: Emily Dickinson, Event-Machine
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Did you ever read one of her Poems backwards, because the plunge from the front overturned you? I sometimes . . . have?a something overtakes What the zeros taught in the forceful opening line of one especially enig-matic Dickinson poem was ?Phosphorus?: ?The Zeros taught Us - Phospho-rus - / We learned to like the Fire? (284).1 Something comes from nothing, ...
f o u rHopkins’s Sighs
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What are the poetics of a sigh? It is my premise that to read Hopkins is to confront that question. Interjections, exclamations, apostrophes?all just so many cries and sighs?punctuate Hopkins?s poems early and late. Rarely do these sighs affect the meaning of the poems as such; and yet the experience of Hopkins?s poetry is inconceivable without them. In the line from ?Henry ...
f i v eSuperfi ciality: What Is Loving and What Is Deadin Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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.... . . no artist appears more appropriate than Dante Gabriel Rossetti for inclu-sion in a study of the aestheticism that emerges in the wake of Romanticism. ?Five English Poets,? the late sonnet-sequence Rossetti composed on the topic of Romantic poetry, is arguably the most engaged Victorian reading we have of Romantic poetics and is one index of Rossetti?s acute sense, even late ...
s i x“Rings, Pearls, and All”: Wilde’s Extravagance
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As for extravagance . . . the virtues of prudence and thrift were not in my Oscar Wilde poses a new and singular challenge to my argument. In each of the previous chapters, the author?s implicit or explicit project is something other than aesthetics as such. In the case of Keats, for instance, it is the poetry of a ?humanized? ethical regard; for Dickinson the project is the event of ...
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...1. Marc Redfi eld, The Politics of Aesthetics: Nationalism, Gender, Romanticism (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003), 11. Redfi eld?s book established a critical touchstone for the constellation of issues that are the concern of this book. I will have occasion to return to Redfi eld?s reading of Shelley in Chap-ter 1; but the argument Redfi eld develops throughout the book?especially in ...
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Publication Year: 2013