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Author Quinney, Laura.

Title The poetics of disappointment : Wordsworth to Ashbery / Laura Quinney
Published Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 200 pages) : illustrations
Contents Wordsworth: the guise of hope -- Shelley: a love in desolation masked -- Stevens: last thoughts of the unfinished thinker -- Ashbery: the soul is not a soul
Summary "The Poetics of Disappointment offers nothing less than a complete revision of our understanding of romantic poetry. By examining the lineage of Wordsworth, Shelley, Stevens, and Ashbery, Quinney challenges Harold Bloom's identification of major romantic poems as "crisis lyrics" and questions his idea that the disappointment these poets explore is compensated by their celebration of a heroic self. Rather, Quinney argues, the form of disappointment examined by the romantic poet often finds him bewildered and oppressed, in a state beyond the simple failure of literary ambition or romantic love." "Drawing on the psychological insights of Freud and Klein and on the philosophy of Kierkegaard, Quinney sees in her paradigm of disappointment a sophisticated representation of self that goes beyond mere pathos or melancholia. The history of romantic and postromantic poetry, she finds, is not a history of ambitious self-assertion but a collective testimony of chagrin over the broken promises of the self."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-195) and index
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Subject American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Disappointment in literature.
English poetry -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Frustration in literature.
Poetry -- Psychological aspects.
Self in literature.
English-speaking countries -- Intellectual life.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585196540 (electronic bk.)
9780585196541 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)