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Thinking Through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric

Marjorie Levinson


This is a work of and about literary criticism. Its title signals a contribution to debates about reading. We think “through”—“by means of,” “with”—poems, sympathetically elaborating their surfaces. We “think through” poems to their end—solving a problem, getting to their roots. And we “think through” to “go beyond,” in a philosophical, speculative criticism to which the poem carries us. All three meanings of “through” are in play throughout. The subtitle applies “field” first to Romantic studies—offering new readings of canonical British Romantic poems to address contemporary topics (depth vs ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, lyric poetry, literary theory, form, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wallace Stevens, Spinoza, materialism, scientific models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198810315
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198810315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marjorie Levinson, author
Professor, Department of English, University of Michigan