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

Angela Leighton


what's shape? Why does shape subject? during this resourceful and impressive learn, Angela Leighton assesses not just the legacy of Victorian aestheticism, and its richly ingenious key-phrase, 'form', but in addition the very nature of the literary. She indicates how writers, for 2 centuries and extra, have lower back to the belief of shape as anything which includes the key of paintings itself. She tracks the advance of the notice from the Romantics to modern poets, and provides shut readings of, between others, Tennyson, Pater, Woolf, Yeats, Stevens, and Plath, to teach how shape has supplied the one most crucial approach of accounting for the activities 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 She investigates, for example, the outdated debate of shape and content material, of shape as song or sound-shape, because the ghostly dynamic and dynamics of a textual content, in addition to its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 artistic argument, she means that shape is the main to the excitement of the literary textual content, and that that excitement is a part of what literary feedback itself must resolution and convey.

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