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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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Parnassus and Commodity Time

Parnassus and Commodity Time

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(p.90) Chapter 4 Parnassus and Commodity Time
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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/9781474415668.003.0005

This second case study of Part I focuses on the English Parnassian revival, and, specifically, on Gleeson White’s definitive anthology of Parnassian poetry (featuring poets such as Graham R. Tomson, W. E Henley, John Payne and A. Mary F. Robinson). The chapter argues for the strict metrical structures of the Parnassian poet as engaging not in a nostalgia for a secure and orderly ideal of the past, but with the machine and commodity rhythms and forms of the ‘second’ industrial revolution. This engagement with the past in fact a means of engaging with the present. Ultimately asking what kind of historicism the new Parnassians were practicing in their borrowing of medieval French forms, the chapter finds models that speak to Benjaminian, post-Enlightenment, ideals, and move lyric away from the older, Hegelian lyric temporalities.

Keywords:   Parnassianism, Commodity, Time, Gleeson White, Rhythm, machine

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