Gregory Tate

in The Poet's Mind

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659418
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749018 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs


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The conclusion draws together the key themes of the book and positions them in relation to recent scholarship on Victorian poetry. It emphasises the argument that the largely unacknowledged influence of physiological psychology on Victorian poetry means that the poets discussed in the book are profoundly interested in the embodied mind and the links between mental and physical life. It also suggests that this interest, and the analytical stance of Victorian poetry, was closely connected to the rising prominence of science in nineteenth-century culture. Finally, the conclusion briefly considers how poets in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries responded to and reworked the psychological concerns of Victorian poetry, and how Victorian psychological theory continued to exert an influence on later poetic writing. These issues are examined through discussions of the work of Alfred Domett, W. B. Yeats, and Thomas Hardy.

Keywords: physiological psychology; embodied mind; science; Domett; Yeats; Hardy

Chapter.  3172 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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