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The Poet's Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830–1870

Gregory Tate


This book examines Victorian poetry's preoccupation with studying the mind. It argues that Victorian poets, inheriting from their Romantic forerunners the belief that subjective thoughts and feelings were the most important materials for poetry, used their writing both to give expression to mental processes and to scrutinize and analyse those processes, and it considers why and how psychological analysis became an increasingly important element of poetic theory and practice in the mid-nineteenth century. This development coincided with the rise of the scientific discipline of psychology and wi ... More

Keywords: Victorian poetry, psychology, science, brain, soul, Tennyson, Browning, Clough, Arnold, George Eliot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659418
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Tate, author
Lecturer in English Literature, University of Surrey