Early Modern Poetics in Melville and Poe: Memory, by William E. Engel

By William E. Engel

Bringing to endure his services within the early smooth logo culture, William E. Engel strains a chain of self-reflective organizational schemes linked to baroque artifice within the paintings of Herman Melville and Edgar Allan Poe. whereas different students have remarked at the impression of seventeenth-century literature on Melville and Poe, this is often the 1st ebook to discover how their shut readings of early sleek texts stimulated their judgements approximately compositional perform, particularly because it pertains to public functionality and the exigencies of e-book. Engel's dialogue of the narrative constitution and emblematic elements of Melville's Piazza stories and Poe's "The Raven" function case reports that reveal the authors' debt to the previous. Focusing largely at the overlapping rhetorical and iconic assumptions of the paintings of reminiscence and its relation to chiasmus, Engel avoids conducting an easy account of what those authors learn and integrated into their very own writings. as an alternative, via an exam in their predisposition towards an past version of trend popularity, he deals clean perception into the writers' understandings of mourning and loss, their use of allegory, and what they received from their use of pseudonyms.

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You will then, I think, agree with me that such a story requires to appear & disappear & reappear, to be baffling, in order to acquire its supernatural quality. You see there is not real story; once assert the identity of Dionea with Venus, once show her clearly, & no charm remains. The Venus d'Ille of Prosper Merimee (there are improper passages, so read it to yrself) by far the finest story of the Dionea sort, is quite as obscure and baffling, at least I think so in remembering it. (1937, 363) A number of things are noteworthy about this response, the first being that Lee instructs Eugene to read a text which he must surely already have known well.

Lee-Hamilton 1884, 131; 2002, 123) 1 MacDonald P. Jackson's excellent new edition Selected Poems of Eugene Lee-Hamilton (1845-1907), published in 2002, is appropriately timely in its subtitle A Victorian Craftsman Rediscovered. At this moment when many scholars are busy unearthing and rediscovering the life and work of Vernon Lee, it also seems right to fathom the strange biography and the long-neglected work of Lee-Hamilton, to recover the poetic wealth of a writer skilled in his handling of the dramatic monologue and the sonnet form, and to excavate something of the private history which informs so many of his poems.

9 Further exceptions might be the tutelary presences of the novelists Mrs Cornelia Turner and Mrs Henrietta Jenkin whom Lee met when she was an adolescent and aspiring writer. 10 National Observer of 6 April1896, quoted in R. K. R. Thornton 1983, 67. 11 'A Wedding Chest' was first published in Pope facynth and Other Fantastic Tales (1904). First published in the Contemporary Review in 1891 as 'Pictor Sacrilegus: A. D. 1493; Life of Domenico Neroni', 'A Seeker of Pagan Perfection' was subsequently collected in Renaissance Fancies and Studies (1895).

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