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Tate, Gregory, 1983-
The poet's mind : the psychology of Victorian poetry, 1830-1870 / Gregory Tate
1st ed
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PR595.P85 T38 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English poetry -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Psychology in literature
Thought and thinking in literature
Physical Description 201 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-198) and index
Contents Tennyson, Browning, and the poetry of reflection -- Clough, Arnold, and the dialogue of the mind -- Tennyson's unquiet brain -- George Eliot's twofold mind -- Browning's epic psychology
Summary "The Poet's Mind is a major study of how Victorian poets thought and wrote about the human mind. It argues that Victorian poets, inheriting from their Romantic forerunners the belief that subjective thoughts and feelings were the most important materials for poetry, used their writing both to give expression to mental processes and to scrutinize and analyse those processes. In this volume Gregory Tate considers why and how psychological analysis became an increasingly important element of poetic theory and practice in the mid-nineteenth century, a time when the discipline of psychology was emerging alongside the growing recognition that the workings of the mind might be understood using the analytical methods of science. The writings of Victorian poets often show an awareness of this psychology, but, at the same time, the language and tone of their psychological verse, and especially their ambivalent use of terms such as 'brain', 'mind', and 'soul', voice an unresolved tension, felt throughout Victorian culture, between scientific theories of psychology and metaphysical or religious accounts of selfhood. The Poet's Mind considers the poetry of Browning, Tennyson, Arnold, Clough, and George Eliot, offering detailed readings of several major Victorian poems and presenting new evidence of their authors' interest in contemporary psychological theory. Ranging across lyric verse, epic poetry, and the dramatic monologue, the book explores the ways in which poetry simultaneously drew on, resisted, and contributed to the spread of scientific theories of mind in Victorian Britain."--Dust jacket
NOTE 531506
Series Oxford English monographs

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