Abstract

This article examines “The Triumph of Time” (1866) in order to consider how Algernon Charles Swinburne’s poetry uses meter to shape the experience of time. “The Triumph of Time” is emblematic of a persistent concern in nineteenth-century poetry, poetics, and prosody for how form can affect the perception of time. Swinburne negotiates the difference between two concepts of time: one characterized by the organic unity of a rhythmic pulse and the other by regular division of intervals so rote as to be mechanical.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 799-821
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-01
Open Access
No
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