Reading Public Romanticism

Reading Public Romanticism

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In this text Paul Magnuson locates Romantic poetry within a public discourse that combines politics and aesthetics, nationalism and domesticity, sexuality and morality, law and legitimacy. Building on his previous work, Magnuson practices a methodology of close historical reading by identifying precise versions of poems, reading their rhetoric of allusion and quotation in the contexts of their original publication, and describing their public genres, such as the letter. He studies the author's public signature or motto, the forms and significance of address used in poems, and the resonances of poetic language and tropes in the public debates.When Shelley wrote to Byron on April 28 from Milan, he told Byron, aquot;You will receive your packet of books. ... with beauty of person, vigorous health, and constitutional hardihood, a€” all these advantages, elevated by the habits and ... William Smith, there was enough in the public press to suggest to Byron the connection between Southey, Spain, and Don Quixote. ... it were a separate work , like the different cantos of Childe Harold a€” are Byrona#39;s answer to Southeya#39;s Lay of the Laureate.

Title:Reading Public Romanticism
Author:Paul Magnuson
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 1998


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