Abstract

This article focuses on an unpublished notebook that George Eliot used in the 1870s to copy her own unpublished poems and prose reflections on form and versification. It reads the whole notebook as a response to Eliot’s reviewers’ accusations that in her poetry, forms and ideas were at destructive war with each other, and argues that Eliot used the notebook self-consciously, for textual, material, and metrical experiments which worked towards an alternative, speculative account of this relationship. The notebook is placed in the context of the extensive research into form and versification that Eliot conducted after the publication of The Spanish Gypsy, a Poem, revealing its connections to her interest in Hegel.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 1179-1211
Launched on MUSE
2015-12-07
Open Access
No
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