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The Lyric Poem and AestheticismForms of Modernity$
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Marion Thain

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474415668

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415668.001.0001

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Lyric, Aestheticism and the Later Nineteenth Century

Lyric, Aestheticism and the Later Nineteenth Century

(p.19) Chapter 1 Lyric, Aestheticism and the Later Nineteenth Century
The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism

Marion Thain

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 1 offers important historical and conceptual contexts for the late nineteenth century. The chapter suggests that ‘aestheticist lyric poetry’ might be usefully conceptualised ‘through the twin impetuses of conceptual expansion and formal reduction’. It then goes on to outline the context of ‘cultural modernity’, to which it is suggested aestheticist lyric poetry is responding, in order to define further the ‘crisis’ in lyric. It also introduces the three conceptual frames that set the remit for the three parts of the book; these are three key axes around which lyric poetry operates: time, space and subjectivity. Chapter 1 ends with a preliminary case study from the work of ‘Michael Field’ (the assumed name of Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper) to demonstrate in practice the relevance of the three frames to aestheticist poetry.

Keywords:   Historical context, Conceptual context, Lyric, Cultural modernity, Michael Field

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