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Wordsworths Philosophic Song (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism)

Wordsworths Philosophic Song (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism) by Simon Jarvis 052112350X 9780521123501
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Wordsworth wrote that he longed to compose some philosophic Song/Of Truth that cherishes our daily life. Yet he never finished The Recluse, his long philosophical poem. Simon Jarvis argues that Wordsworths aspiration to philosophic song is central to his greatness, and changed the way English poetry was written. Some critics see Wordworth as a systematic thinker, while for others he is a poet first, and a thinker only (if at all) second. Jarvis shows instead how essential both philosophy and the song of poetry were to Wordsworths achievement. Drawing on advanced work in continental philosophy and social theory to address the ideological attacks which have dominated much recent commentary, Jarvis reads Wordsworths writing both critically and philosophically, to show how Wordsworth thinks through and in verse. This study rethinks the relation between poetry and society itself by analysing the tensions between thinking philosophically and writing poetry.

Wordsworths Philosophic Song (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism)

Author: Simon Jarvis

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 284

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2009-11-19

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