The Romantic Fragment Poem: A Critique of a Form

The Romantic Fragment Poem: A Critique of a Form

Marjorie Levinson


The fragment poem, lengthy considered as a principally Romantic phenomenon, hasn't ever been tested outdoor the context of thematic and biographical feedback. through filing the incomplete poems of the English Romantics to either a genetic research and a reception research, Marjorie Levinson defines the fragment's formal personality at a variety of moments in its old profession. She means that the formal determinancy of those works, accordingly their expressive or semantic affinities, is a functionality of ancient stipulations and projections.

The English Romantic fragment poems percentage no longer a lot a specific mode of construction as a delusion of construction. Levinson pries aside those dimensions and analyzes every one independently to think about their dating. through reconstructing the modern reception of such works as Wordsworth's "Nutting," Coleridge's "Christabel" and "Kubla Khan," Shelley's "Julian and Maddalo," and Keats's Hyperion fragments, and juxtaposing this version opposed to dominant twentieth-century serious paradigms, Levinson discriminates layers, stages, and types of intentionality within the poems and considers the ideological implications of this diversity.

This research is the 1st to enquire the English Romantic fragment poem via settling on the assumptions -- modern and belated -- that govern interpretative systems. In a considerable precis bankruptcy, Levinson displays upon the which means and results of those assumptions with appreciate to the proof and fictions of literary construction within the interval and to the strategies of canon formation.

Originally released in 1986.

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