The Realms Of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry In A Time Of Nation-building

Paperback | March 15, 2005

byMatthew Reynolds

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The poets of the mid-nineteenth century lived in a time of 'nation-building'. The Realms of Verse brings this political and intellectual context to life. Drawing on a wide range of soources, Matthew Reynolds shows that the Italian Risorgimento raised questions about community and individualliberty which were especially problematic for subjects of the multi-national United Kingdom, and argues that these questions are at the heart of the poetry of Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Tennyson, and Clough. Their long poems characteristically tell stories about marriage, investigating thesymbolic and actual interactions between that personal union and national unity. Their verse as a whole exploits correspondences between political government and poetic form, and is alert to its own role in fostering a common culture. Historically detailed, theoretically astute, critically nimble,and stylishly written, The Realms of Verse is the most far-reaching reassessment of Victorian poetry to have been published in recent years.

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The poets of the mid-nineteenth century lived in a time of 'nation-building'. The Realms of Verse brings this political and intellectual context to life. Drawing on a wide range of soources, Matthew Reynolds shows that the Italian Risorgimento raised questions about community and individualliberty which were especially problematic for ...

Matthew Reynolds is a Fellow and Tutor in English at St Anne's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.7 inPublished:March 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Orientations1. Poetry and its Times2. Poets and Nations3. Three Types of UnityII. The Inspiration of Italy4. From Elegy to Prophecy5. The Scope of Narrative: Aurora Leigh6. Repulsive Clough7. Browning's Alien PagesIII. Tennyson's Britain8. Ever-Broadening Britain9. The Empire of the ImagiantionThe Married State: Idylls of the King+Coda: After the Realms of Verse

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`Reynolds sets a high standard for the new century's work in our area of literary studies. May he find able emulators soon.'Herbert Tucker, Victorian Studies