Elegy for an Age

Elegy for an Age

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This rich and elegant work describes how the unsettled cultural climate provided fertile soil for the flourishing of elegy. John Rosenberg shows how the phenomenon of elegy pervaded the writing of the period, tracing it through the voices of individuals from Carlyle, Tennyson, Darwin and Ruskin, to Swinburne, Pater, Dickens and Hopkins. Finally, he turns from particular elegists to a common experience that touched them all - the displacement of the older idea of the earthly city as a New Jerusalem by the rise of a new image of the Victorian city as an industrial Inferno, a wasteland of sprawling towns and of rivers so polluted they caught on fire.Tennyson said goodbye for seventeen years, from Hallama#39;s death until the publication of In Memoriam on 1 June 1850. ... father in Section 7 is also an allusion to Tennyson himself, to his own a#39;psychic homelessnessa#39; during the years of theanbsp;...

Title:Elegy for an Age
Author:John D. Rosenberg
Publisher:Anthem Press - 2005-02-15


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