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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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Desire Lines: Subjectivity and Collectivity

Desire Lines: Subjectivity and Collectivity

(p.177) Chapter 8 Desire Lines: Subjectivity and Collectivity
The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism

Marion Thain

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 8 is the first of three chapters that make up ‘Part III’ of the book. This part focuses on issues of lyric subjectivity. As the first chapter in this part, Chapter 8 builds a conceptual and theoretical basis that will underpin the poetic case studies offered in the subsequent two chapters. This chapter sets up a frame that positions aestheticist lyric between the legacy of an introspective Hegelian lyric subjectivity that surfaced in British Romantic poetics, and the growing anxiety that prompted the discovery of more communal poetic forms within lyric. Complicating scholarly narratives that see mid-century dramatic monologues as the quintessential nineteenth-century response to such anxieties, this chapter proposes the model of ‘desire lines’ (taken from urban geography) to recognise the capacity of lyric poems of the period to invoke models of lyric chorus, rather than lyric solipsism.

Keywords:   Theodor Adorno, G. W. F. Hegel, Introspection, Individuality, Collectivity, Subjectivity, Dramatic monologue, ‘Desire lines’

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