Abstract

Recent scholarship on Victorian poetry has drawn attention to the social meanings of meter, especially as a symbol of English national culture. This essay looks at the significance of AurobindoGhose (1872-1950) [Sri Aurobindo] within English metrical history. Ghose was a revolutionary for Indian self-rule and modern guru who began a Homeric epic in hexameters whilst in prison. By situating his creative and critical writings within nineteenth and early twentieth century debates on meter, I elaborate an aesthetic dimension of his assertively cosmopolitan and nonsecular politics. His generally overlooked case points towards a history that takes into greater account the contrapuntal metrics of colony and metropole.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 1029-1053
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-03
Open Access
No
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