Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century identifies a pervasive cultivation of attention in eighteenth-century poetry. The book argues that a plea from a 1692 ode by William Congreve-'Let me be all, but my attention, dead'-embodies a wider aspiration in the period's poetry to explore overt themes of attention and demonstrate techniques of readerly attention. It historicizes eighteenth-century accounts of attention and pioneers a link between the period's poetry and recent discussions of attention in cognitive psychology. It contributes to the largely neglected history of a psychological trait that has assumed a recent cultural urgency, and it repositions eighteenth-century poems as a collective model for assiduous reading and supple, wide-ranging attention.
  • ISBN13: 9781137031129
  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Pubilcation Year: 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00263
Publication DateNovember 16, 2012
Primary CategoryLiterary Criticism/English

Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century

M Koehler

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