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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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Form and Transaction: Lyric Touch

Form and Transaction: Lyric Touch

(p.115) Chapter 5 Form and Transaction: Lyric Touch
The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism

Marion Thain

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 5 is the first of three chapters that make up ‘Part II‘ of the book. This part focuses on issues of lyric spatiality (both the spatial presence of the poem on the page, and the idea of lyric as a communication across space). As the first chapter in this part, Chapter 5 builds a conceptual and theoretical basis that will underpin the poetic case studies offered in the subsequent two chapters. It responds to two (related) central problematics in aestheticist lyric poetry: first the accusation that its strict verse forms killed the aural energy of lyric in a poetry primarily made for the eye not the ear; secondly the threat of solipsism in a lyric exchange that had been dubbed by John Stuart Mill, earlier in the century, a ‘soliloquy’. Framed between Mill’s discourse on lyric isolation and the new phenomenological modes that were entering into aesthetics from psychology in the late nineteenth century, this chapter finds a distinctive mode of lyric encounter and a new lyric somatics in aestheticist poetry.

Keywords:   John Stuart Mill, Phenomenology, Touch, Aurality, Isolation, Interiority, Address, Embodiment

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