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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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Painting, Music, Touch: D. G. Rossetti’s Ekphrasis and Competing Temporalities

Painting, Music, Touch: D. G. Rossetti’s Ekphrasis and Competing Temporalities

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(p.68) Chapter 3 Painting, Music, Touch: D. G. Rossetti’s Ekphrasis and Competing Temporalities
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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/9781474415668.003.0004

The first of the two case studies on aesthetic poetry and lyric temporality, this chapter explores D. G. Rossetti’s ekphrastic poetry. Through an analysis of the operation of meter in some of Rossetti’s major poems, the chapter argues that poetry can be seen to offer, metrically, a response to some of the key shifts in the understanding of time that challenged the very foundations of a Romantic conceptualization of lyric. The chapter ends with a coda on the temporalities modelled in the poetry of W. B. Yeats (a poet temporally at the margins of the period studied), complicating his invocation of a timeless lyric eternity through an appeal to the modes of metrical reading provided in this chapter.

Keywords:   D. G. Rossetti, Music, Ekphrasis, Time, W. B. Yeats, Sonnet

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