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Eighteenth-century British literary history is traditionally characterized by two central and seemingly discrete movements: the rise of the novel and the development of Romantic lyric poetry. In fact, recent scholarship reveals that these genres are inextricably bound: constructions of interiority developed in novels changed ideas about what literature could mean and do, encouraging the new focus on private experience and self-perception developed in lyric poetry.
In "Lyric Generations" Gabrielle Starr rejects the usual genealogy of lyric poetry in which Romantic poets are thought to have built solely and directly upon the works of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. She argues instead that novelists such as Richardson, Haywood, Behn and others, while drawing upon earlier lyric conventions, ushered in a new language of self-expression and community that profoundly affected the aesthetic goals of lyric poets. Examining the works of Cowper, Smith, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats in light of their competitive dialogue with the novel, Starr advances a literary history that considers formal characteristics as products of historical change. In a world increasingly defined by prose, poets adapted the new forms, characters, and moral themes of the novel in order to reinvigorate poetic practice.
Title: Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Johns Hopkins Univ Pr: 2004
ISBN Number: 0801873797
ISBN Number 13: 9780801873799
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
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Description: Very good condition. Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century By G. Gabrielle Starr (Author) Product Details Hardcover: 312 pages Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (January 14, 2004) Language: English ISBN-10: 0801873797 ISBN-13: 9780801873799 Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
Keywords: Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century