By Marjorie Levinson
The fragment poem, lengthy considered as a primarily Romantic phenomenon, hasn't ever been tested outdoor the context of thematic and biographical feedback. by means of filing the incomplete poems of the English Romantics to either a genetic research and a reception learn, Marjorie Levinson defines the fragment's formal personality at numerous moments in its old occupation. She means that the formal determinancy of those works, for this reason their expressive or semantic affinities, is a functionality of ancient stipulations and projections.
The English Romantic fragment poems proportion no longer quite a bit a specific mode of creation as a delusion of construction. Levinson pries aside those dimensions and analyzes every one independently to contemplate their courting. via reconstructing the modern reception of such works as Wordsworth's "Nutting," Coleridge's "Christabel" and "Kubla Khan," Shelley's "Julian and Maddalo," and Keats's Hyperion fragments, and juxtaposing this version opposed to dominant twentieth-century severe paradigms, Levinson discriminates layers, levels, and types of intentionality within the poems and considers the ideological implications of this diversity.
This research is the 1st to enquire the English Romantic fragment poem by way of selecting the assumptions -- modern and belated -- that govern interpretative techniques. In a considerable precis bankruptcy, Levinson displays upon the that means and results of those assumptions with admire to the evidence and fictions of literary construction within the interval and to the approaches of canon formation.
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