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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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Metre and Temporality: Between Hegel and Benjamin

Metre and Temporality: Between Hegel and Benjamin

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(p.55) Chapter 2 Metre and Temporality: Between Hegel and Benjamin
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The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism
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Marion Thain

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415668.003.0003

Chapter 2 is the first of three chapters that make up ‘Part I’ of the book. This part focuses on issues of lyric temporality. As the first chapter in this part, Chapter 2 builds a conceptual and theoretical basis that will underpin the poetic case studies offered in the subsequent two chapters. It situates aestheticist lyric poetry, historically and conceptually, between Hegelian and Benjaminian ideas of lyric temporality; and argues for the need to read aestheticist poetry’s metrical structures as responsive to this frame. Drawing on a wide range of writings on poetic meter (from Romantic to modernist and beyond), it offers a new understanding of the significance of the strict verse forms revived in the 1870s and popular with aestheticist poets over the rest of the nineteenth century. Ultimately arguing that the revival of medieval verse forms in Parnassian poetry becomes (in certain ways) a response to the pressures of modernity, this chapter offers a new way of understanding the operation of those forms.

Keywords:   Meter, Temporality, G. W. F. Hegel, Walter Benjamin, D. H. Lawrence, Parnassianism, Free verse

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