An Afterword: Rhyme and Three Poets

Peter Mcdonald

in Sound Intentions

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749049 | DOI:
An Afterword: Rhyme and Three Poets

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This chapter gives a critical understanding of rhyme as a difficult aspect of stylistic criticism, looking at the complex relationship with literary history. The chapter then considers Elizabeth Barrett Barrett in the 1840s and later, and the problems posed for (and by) her in rhyme; Barrett's debts to, and departures from, Byron and Wordsworth in rhyme; Barrett's ode ‘sounds’ and Wordsworth's ode ‘On the Power of Sound’; and Barrett's multiple refigurings of Wordsworth's ‘Intimations’ ode. The chapter then considers A. C. Swinburne and the ‘submission’ to rhyme; Swinburne and Keats, with a close reading of ‘Before Parting’; Swinburne's ‘By the North Sea’; and debts to Keats's and Wordsworth's rhymes. The chapter next considers rhyme's diminishing returns for Swinburne's verse; Swinburne and Keats in Thomas Hardy's ‘The Darkling Thrush’; Hardy, rhyme, and meaning, with a close reading of his ‘The Voice’ in relation to Swinburne's ‘At Parting’; and Hardy's rhymes and their debt to Keats's Nightingale Ode in a close reading of ‘The Shadow on the Stone’. Finally it describes Hardy and connections between dream, rhyme, and reality.

Keywords: Elizabeth Barrett Barrett; A. C. Swimburne; Thomas Hardy; style; rhyme; literary history; allusion

Chapter.  14859 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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