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Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart$
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Kirstie Blair

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273942

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273942.001.0001

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Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart

Kirstie Blair (Contributor Webpage)

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This introductory chapter briefly surveys the history of the heart in literature and criticism, and considers its metaphorical connotations. Using Teresa Brennan's concept of the ‘transmission of affect’, it argues that the heart in Victorian poetry is vital in terms of this communication of emotion from author to reader, and that the rhythm of a poem might be one of the agents of this transmission.

Keywords:   heart, transmission, affect, emotion, metaphor, Brennan

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