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Author Koehler, Margaret, 1972-

Title Poetry of attention in the eighteenth century / Margaret Koehler
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 263 pages)
Contents Introduction: 'Let me be all, but my attention, dead' -- History and Theory of Attention in the Eighteenth Century -- The Filter of Attention and Indissoluble Attractors in Eighteenth-Century Mock-Heroic Poetry -- Multiple Sensory Modalities of Attention -- Landscape Poetry I: The Discovery of Receptivity -- Landscape Poetry II: The Practice of Receptivity -- Cowper's Task of Attention -- Odes of Absorption -- 'Attention is everywhere'
Summary ""Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century" identifies a pervasive cultivation of attention in eighteenth-century poetry. The book argues that a plea from a 1692 ode by William Congreve-"Let me be all, but my attention, dead"--Embodies a wider aspiration in the period's poetry to explore overt themes of attention and demonstrate techniques of readerly attention. It historicizes eighteenth-century accounts of attention and pioneers a link between the period's poetry and recent discussions of attention in cognitive psychology. It contributes to the largely neglected history of a psychological trait that has assumed a recent cultural urgency, and it repositions eighteenth-century poems as a collective model for assiduous reading and supple, wide-ranging attention"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-257) and index
Notes Print version
Subject Cognition in literature.
Discourse analysis, Literary.
English poetry -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Interest (Psychology)
Psychology and literature -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137313609 (electronic bk.)
9781137313607 (electronic bk.)