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Byron : A Poet before his Public - Philip W. Martin


A Poet before his Public

Paperback Published: 6th September 1982
ISBN: 9780521287661
Number Of Pages: 264

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This book is a major reappraisal of byron's poetry which grapples firmly with the paradox of his work - that in spite of his enormous influence, the magnetic power of his personality, and the fascination of his life, the poetry is often of inferior quality and so inconsistent in its attitudes that Byron's poetic seriousness is inevitably called into question. The focus of the book is the nature of byron's relationship with his public and its effect on his poetry; a subject which has remained largely unexplored. Dr Martin considers Byron's anomalous position as an aristocrat in a literary market governed by commercial interests and middle class tastes and reading habits. He suggests that the whole of Bryon's poetry can be seen as a performance determined by a number of factors: Byron's anxieties about his modernity, his contemporaries, and the image his readers were ready to fashion for him.

List of illustrations
A note on the text
Experiment in Childe Harold I & II
The discovery of an audience: the Turkish tales
Shelley and the new school of poetry: Childe Harold III and The Prisoner of Chillon
Tourist rhetoric: Childe Harold IV
Modernizing the Gothic drama: Manfred
Heroic tableaux: the three historical tragedies
Cain, the reviewers, and Byron's new form of old-fashioned mischief
Don Juan
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ISBN: 9780521287661
ISBN-10: 0521287669
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 6th September 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35