From Song To Print: Romantic Pseudo-Songs

Hardcover | February 15, 2010

byTerence Hoagwood

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From Song to Print is a study of the major cultural transition from oral forms of art and discourse to the commercial culture of print that happened during the Industrial Revolution. Through a discussion of ancient musical forms (classical, biblical, and early-modern poetry of song), this book explores the typographical simulation of music and oral poetry during the nineteenth century. Original and innovative, this work shows how the musical writings of Romantic poets, such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, and Keats, evoke antique cultures and ancient settings while offering a critique of their own imitative forms and the modern, commercial context in which they appear. 

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From Song to Print is a study of the major cultural transition from oral forms of art and discourse to the commercial culture of print that happened during the Industrial Revolution. Through a discussion of ancient musical forms (classical, biblical, and early-modern poetry of song), this book explores the typographical simulation of m...

Terence Allan Hoagwood is Professor of English and Film at Texas A&M University.  He is the author of multiple books including “Colour’d Shadows”: Contexts in Publishing, Printing, and Reading; Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers (with Kathryn Ledbetter); Politics, Philosophy and the Production of Romantic Texts, Byron’s Dialecti...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 9.68 × 5.72 × 0.69 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023060983X

ISBN - 13:9780230609839

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Romantic-Period Poetry and the “Sweet Power of Song” * “Ballad Deception” and Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border * The Lay of an Irish Harp:  The Pseudo-Songs of Sydney Owenson (later Lady Morgan) * Contradictory Arts: Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies * “It Gave Them Virtues Not Their Own”: Byron’s Hebrew Melodies * Conclusion

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“Hoagwood (English, Texas A&M Univ.) offers an intriguing discussion of Romantic-era pseudo-songs, poems that were written to give the impression that they were lyrics without ever actually having been attached to music.  The author presents an excellent overview of the subject and then concentrates on the pseudo-songs of Sir Walter Scott, Sydney Owenson, Thomas Moore, and Lord Byron . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.”--CHOICE “Hoagwood sweeps magisterially through British Romanticism, fixing our attention on poetic simulations, what he calls ‘pseudo-songs,’ identifying their common features as well as marks of their historical progression, while never allowing us to forget that these poems preserve within the art of their contradictions the power of revelation. Sir Walter Scott, Lady Morgan, Thomas Moore, Lord Byron, Letitia Landon—each of these poets represents an alternative Romanticism curling back upon itself, critiquing its own practices…If these poets have all mastered the art of contradiction, they practice it with the companion skill of diplomacy—a skill that Hoagwood himself displays, abundantly.”--Joseph Wittreich, Distinguished Professor of English, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York  “Hoagwood’s insightful readings of Romantic-period songs by Walter Scott, Sydney Owenson Morgan, Thomas Moore, Lord Byron, and Letitia Elizabeth Landon brilliantly delineate what we have always known about Romantic lyrics labeled ‘songs’—that they really are not songs at all but a complex, hybrid, multi-media print form without the music that we associate with songs. From Song to Print unpacks the layers of these writers’ poems about making poems and about the political and ideological underpinnings tucked within these ‘songs.’ Hoagwood elegantly considers the production history and market-driven strategies that inform the Romantic obsession with project such as ‘pseudo-songs’ ripe with contradictions, illusions, and absences as their primary features. From Song to Print teaches us how to read again these perplexing Romantic pieces to which we valiantly, and perhaps vainly, assign prescriptive meanings as well as helps us to see the prevailing and powerful place that pseudo-songs occupied in Romantic-period poetry. This expertly researched and engaging study is bound to have us ‘singing a different tune’ when it comes to our understandings, teachings, and writings about Romantic songs.”--Marjean D. Purinton, Professor of English and Associate Dean, University Honors College, Texas Tech University “From Song to Print brilliantly examines the impact of developments in the print trades on writing during the British Romantic period…wide-ranging and filled with wonderful theoretical insights and historical information that will force scholars of Romanticism to re-think, more carefully, the relations between songs and poetry.”--Daniel P. Watkins, Duquesne University