Romantic Fiat: Demystification and Enchantment in Lyric Poetry

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

byEric Lindstrom

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In the Romantic period’s economics of "fiat" money the legacy of romanticism involves absolutist gestures of verbal fiat. Focused on William Wordsworth, but in constant range of his poet-successors and modern critics, Romantic Fiat presents an argument for a double romantic signature of "let there be" and "let be."

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In the Romantic period’s economics of "fiat" money the legacy of romanticism involves absolutist gestures of verbal fiat. Focused on William Wordsworth, but in constant range of his poet-successors and modern critics, Romantic Fiat presents an argument for a double romantic signature of "let there be" and "let be."

ERIC REID LINDSTROM is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Vermont, USA. His publications include articles in Literary Imagination and Studies in Romanticism -- this is his first book.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.85 × 5.67 × 0.82 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230282369

ISBN - 13:9780230282360

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Fiat in Lyric
PART I: GIVING COMMANDS AND LETTING GO
Romanticism and 'Exaggeration of Thought'
The Command to Nature 
Wordsworth’s Useless Fiat in The Old Cumberland Beggar
PART II: ONTOLOGY AND THE LYRIC
Between Cant and Anguish: Hume in Coleridge’s Imagination 
Wordsworth and the Beautiful Day
PART III: BLESSING CURSING
Contracting Obi: Shelley’s Cosmopolitanism and the Curse of Poetry 
Paper Money Poets
Coda: Nature Poets and Fiat Money
Index

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"In the course of the volume, Lindstrom gathers an impressive number of 'let be' statements . . . From discussions of Wordsworth's 'Tintern Abbey' and 'The Old Cumberland Beggar' to Shelley's Peter Bell and Byron's Don Juan, the book accomplishes something that is all too rare in scholarship . . . the book changes what one notices in a poetry that has become all too familiar . . . I conclude with an injunction: 'do not let this book be,' by which I mean, read this book." - Studies in Romanticism