Word Like a Bell: John Keats, Music and the Romantic Poet (Hardback)
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Word Like a Bell: John Keats, Music and the Romantic Poet (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 31/05/1992
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Music was supremely important to the Romantic poets, particularly to John Keats. In this first book-length study of the subject, John A. Minahan explores Keats' work in relation to the art of music. Minahan discusses Keats' major poems as well as his letters and minor verse. Writing in a jargon-free style, he examines the relationship between the musical and literary manifestations of Romantic theory, and the connection between that theory and Keats's work. He then offers new insights into Keats' poetry and his era, among them a detailed explanation of why the "Great Odes" ought to be considered as a single extended piece. Also receiving extensive treatment are Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, whose ideas and creations illustrate how music influences every aspect of Romantic thought. In his exploration of the relationship between different but related arts, Minahan both locates Romanticism in its historical and aesthetic context and expands the capabilities of literary criticism. He finds that music enables Romanticism to voice its fundamental concern about time and its passage, and shows us that an understanding of poetry's relation to music can enrich our appreciation of both arts while deepening our own experiences of time. This interdisciplinary study aims to appeal to readers of poetry and literary criticism and to professional musicians who seek to increase their understanding of an age's art, songwriters interested in word/music relations, and poets who crave an extensive discussion of poetic technique and craft that uses music as a way to clarify such points.

Publisher: Kent State University Press
ISBN: 9780873384537
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

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