Poetry and Repression: Revisionism from Blake to Stevens
by Harold Bloom
This reinterpretation of the full sweep of English and American romantic poetry offers close readings of poems of Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Whitman, Yeats, and Stevens. It also reviews the crucial ideas of Emerson, Nietzsche, and in particular Freud, whose psychoanalytic theory of repression and defense Bloom undertakes to revise for purposes o...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 10th 1980 by Yale University Press
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For Bloom, poets writing after John Milton are in an Oedipal situation with regard to that poet. He argues that Milton’s poems are so strong that they make it difficult for later poets to write original work—Bloom terms this the “anxiety of influence.” He argues that the “ephebe” (young poet) has to “repress” the knowledge of Milton before he or she can write. Bloom traces this repression in the poems of writers like William Blake, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats and Wallace...more
Bloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.More about Harold Bloom...