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Romantic Things: A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud

Mary Jacobus

Abstract

Our thoughts are shaped as much by what things make of us as by what we make of them. Lyric poetry is especially concerned with things and their relationship to thought, sense, and understanding. This book explores the world of objects and phenomena in nature as expressed in Romantic poetry alongside the theme of sentience and sensory deprivation in literature and art. It discusses objects and attributes that test our perceptions and preoccupy both Romantic poetry and modern philosophy. John Clare, John Constable, Rainer Maria Rilke, W. G. Sebald, and Gerhard Richter make appearances around th ... More

Keywords: lyric poetry, rocks, clouds, William Wordsworth, Romantic poetry, John Clare, John Constable, Rainer Maria Rilke, W. G. Sebald, Gerhard Richter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226390666
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226390680.001.0001

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Mary Jacobus, author

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