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Futures of Enlightenment Poetry

Dustin D. Stewart


This book offers a revisionist account of poetry and embodiment from Milton to Romanticism. Scholars have made much of the period's theories of matter, with some studies equating the eighteenth century's modernity with its materialism. Yet the Enlightenment in Britain also brought bold new arguments for the immateriality of spirit and evocative claims about a coming spirit realm. Protestant religious writing was of two minds about futurity, swinging back and forth between patience for the resurrected body and desire for the released soul. This ancient pattern carried over, the book argues, int ... More

Keywords: materialism, disembodiment, soul, afterlife future state, blank verse, legacy of John Milton, Edward Young, Night Thoughts, Pre-Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857792
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857792.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dustin D. Stewart, author
Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University