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Nameless Wonders And Dumb Despair: Rhetorics Of Silence In Mid-Nineteenth-Century U.S. Poetry And Culture, Nick Borchert Aug 2017

Nameless Wonders And Dumb Despair: Rhetorics Of Silence In Mid-Nineteenth-Century U.S. Poetry And Culture, Nick Borchert

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Taking a cue from the occasional reticence of the often-exuberant American Romantic poetics, this project tracks what I call “rhetorics of silence” in verse: those moments where words are declared to be inadequate, impertinent, unavailable, unintelligible or otherwise unsuitable for a task that the poet has proposed. In this respect, the term “silence” functions here as a broad metaphor encompassing a number of meta-linguistic or meta-poetic gestures aimed at highlighting the shortcomings of knowledge and representation.

Whereas earlier critics have noticed these silences in haphazard ways, this project looks toward a systematic account of why and when nineteenth-century poets rely ...


An Ink-Stained Neoclassicist: Joel Barlow And The Publication Of Poetry In The Early Republic, Willis Burr Mcdonald Iii Dec 2010

An Ink-Stained Neoclassicist: Joel Barlow And The Publication Of Poetry In The Early Republic, Willis Burr Mcdonald Iii

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This study examines the literary career of the eighteenth-century American poet Joel Barlow. Because Barlow, unlike his peers, came to fully embrace print-based methods of authorship and advertising, between 1790-1810 he emerged as the most widely read American poet. Employing a book studies methodology, this project focuses on the publication details surrounding each of Barlow's poems including: his relationships with his publishers, the physical shape and appearance of his works, the cost of those works, how those works were advertised, and the extent of their geographic distribution. The arc of Barlow's career was extraordinary. Barlow's development, his ...