Wordsworth and Coleridge: Promising Losses

Hardcover | April 24, 2012

byPeter Larkin

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Wordsworth and Coleridge: Promising Losses assembles essays spanning the last thirty years, including a selection of Peter Larkin's original verse, with the concept of promise and loss serving as the uniting narrative thread. Interpreting the ways Wordsworth and Coleridge used the resources of imagination at crucial moments in their creative lives, this book reveals how they struggled to assimilate the intricacies of Romantic vision preoccupying their contemporary writers and critics. Ultimately, the essays here demonstrate that these two major poets are able to inject fresh cross-currents of their own into the anti-canonical swell and furnish a poetics of Romantic promise.

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Wordsworth and Coleridge: Promising Losses assembles essays spanning the last thirty years, including a selection of Peter Larkin's original verse, with the concept of promise and loss serving as the uniting narrative thread. Interpreting the ways Wordsworth and Coleridge used the resources of imagination at crucial moments in their cr...

Peter Larkin is a Philosophy and Literature Librarian in the University of Warwick. He has published numerous essays on British Romantic poetry and on contemporary ecopoetics, as well as two collections of poetry: Terrain Seed Scarcity and Leaves of Field.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.56 × 5.7 × 0.82 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Wordsworth's 'After-Sojourn': Revision and Unself-Rivalry in the Later Poetry * The Secondary Wordsworth's First of Homes: Home at Grasmere * Wordsworth's Cloud of Texture * Lyrical Ballads: Wordsworth's Book of Questions * Relations of Scarcity: Ecology and Eschatology in The Ruined Cottage * Scarcity by Gift: Horizons of the 'Lucy' Poems * Scarcely on the Way: the Starkness of Things in Sacral Space * Wordsworth's Maculate Exception: Achieving the 'Spots of Time' * Imagining Naming Shaping: Stanza VI of 'Dejection: An Ode' * 'Fears in Solitude': Reading (from) the Dell * 'I mourn to thee': Dedication and Insufficiency in 'Constancy to an Ideal Object' * 'Frost at Midnight': Some Coleridgean Intertwinings * Coleridge Conversing: Between Soliloquy and Invocation * Repetition, Difference and Liturgical Participation in Coleridge's 'The Ancient Mariner' * Voice, Judgment and the Innocence of the Self in Coleridge * Envoi: Brushwood by Inflection, 2

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"Larkin is a scarce and rare continuator of a tradition of fully philosophically ambitious encounter with two deeply philosophical poets, a tradition which, in the last couple of decades, has sometimes seemed on the point of expiring altogether. If it were to do so, something very important would be lost; there would be an important sense in which we should no longer be able to read Coleridge and Wordsworth . . . Peter Larkin's subtle, fascinating, perplexing book will, I anticipate, continue to fascinate and to perplex many years to come." - Simon Jarvis, Coleridge Bulletin "'Evocative close readings . . . [Larkin's] detailed analyses simultaneously reveal his astute critical approaches and his sympathy for the poetry as reader and poet himself.' - Victoriographies