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The Perversity of Poetry: Romantic Ideology and the Popular Male Poet of Genius
Once the dominant literary form, poetry was gradually eclipsed by the realist novel; indeed, by 1940 W. H. Auden was able to note, Poetry makes nothing happen. In The Perversity of Poetry, Dino Franco Felluga explores the cultural background of poetry s marginalization by examining nineteenth-century reactions to Romantic poetry and ideology. Focusing on the work of Sir ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by State University of New York Press
(first published December 30th 2004)
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Apr 30, 2008 Will rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Byronists, scholars of nineteenth-century poetry
Takes Byron's all-consuming rejection of ideologies seriously and also provides a fascinating history of poetry's pathologization and eventual marginalization in the nineteenth century. I'd only ask for more textual interpretation, but hey, that's what one's own dissertation is for.