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Platonism and the English Imagination - Anna Baldwin

Platonism and the English Imagination

By: Anna Baldwin (Editor), Sarah Hutton (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th March 1994
ISBN: 9780521403085
Number Of Pages: 376

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This is the first compendious study of the influence of Plato on the English literary tradition, showing how English writers used Platonic ideas and images within their own imaginative work. Established experts and new writers have worked together to produce individual essays on more than thirty English authors, including Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Wordsworth, T. S. Eliot, Auden and Iris Murdoch; and the book is divided chronologically, showing how every age has reconstructed Platonism to suit its own understanding of the world.

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'... a fascinating introduction to the variety and richness of the tradition Plato inspired.' The Times Literary Supplement

Plato and the neoplatonists
The Early Christian Period and the Middle Ages
The Christian Platonism of St. Augustine
Boethius and King Alfred
Chaucer's use of neoplatonic traditions
Platonism in the middle english mystics
The Renaissance and the Seventeenth Century
The transformation of Platonic love in the Italian Renaissance
Uses of Plato by Erasmus and more Dominic
Italian neoplatonism and the poetry of Sidney, Spenser, Chapman and Donne
Shakespeare on beauty, truth and transcendence
Platonism in Spenser's mutability cantos
Reason, recollection and the Cambridge Platonists
Platonic ascents and descents in Milton
Platonism in some metaphysical poets
The Eighteenth Century
Blake and Platonism
The Nineteenth Century
Recollection and recovery: Coleridge's Platonism
Wordsworth's Ode on the Intimations of Immortality
Shelley, Plato and the political imagination
Matthew Arnold and the spirit of Plato
Flow, rest and number: Pater's Plato
The Twentieth Century
Yeats and Platonism
Virginia Woolf and Plato
Plato and Eliot's earlier verse
The Cantos of Ezra Pound: 'to build light'
Platonism in Auden
Platonism in Iris Murdoch
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ISBN: 9780521403085
ISBN-10: 0521403081
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 25th March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.72