On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word by Angela Leighton

By Angela Leighton

what's shape? Why does shape subject? during this innovative and impressive research, Angela Leighton assesses not just the legacy of Victorian aestheticism, and its richly creative key-phrase, 'form', but additionally the very nature of the literary. She exhibits how writers, for 2 centuries and extra, have lower back to the assumption of shape as whatever which incorporates the key of artwork itself. She tracks the improvement of the observe from the Romantics to modern poets, and gives shut readings of, between others, Tennyson, Pater, Woolf, Yeats, Stevens, and Plath, to teach how shape has supplied the one most vital means of accounting for the events of literary language itself. She investigates, for example, the outdated debate of shape and content material, of shape as song or sound-shape, because the ghostly dynamic and dynamics of a textual content, in addition to its lengthy organization with the aestheticist precept of being 'for nothing'. In a wide-ranging and creative argument, she means that shape is the most important to the excitement of the literary textual content, and that that excitement is a part of what literary feedback itself must solution and convey.

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