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Wordsworth and the poetics of air : atmospheric Romanticism in a time of climate change / Thomas H. Ford.

Author/creator Ford, Thomas H. (Literary historian) author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionx, 269 pages ; 24 cm.
Subject(s)
Series Cambridge studies in Romanticism
Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; 121. ^A309218
Contents Introduction: An ecophilology of atmosphere -- Atmospheric romanticism -- Atmospheric mediation -- Romantic meteorology -- Atmospheric aesthetics -- In the breathing chamber: "lines written a few miles above" -- Conclusion: Romantic poetry after climate change.
Summary Before the ideas we now define as Romanticism took hold the word 'atmosphere' meant only the physical stuff of air; afterwards, it could mean almost anything, from a historical mood or spirit to the character or style of an artwork. Thomas H. Ford traces this shift of meaning, which he sees as first occurring in the poetry of William Wordsworth. Gradually 'air' and 'atmosphere' took on the new status of metaphor as Wordsworth and other poets re-imagined poetry as a textual area of aerial communication - conveying the breath of a transitory moment to other times and places via the printed page. Reading Romantic poetry through this ecological and ecocritical lens Ford goes on to ask what the poems of the Romantic period mean for us in a new age of climate change, when the relationship between physical climates and cultural, political and literary atmospheres is once again being transformed.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
Genre/formHistory.
LCCN 2018000226
ISBN9781108424950
ISBN1108424953 hardcover ; alkaline paper

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