American Sublime: The Genealogy of a Poetic Genre
University of Wisconsin Press, 1991 - 337 Seiten
Tracing ideas of the sublime in American literature from Puritan writings to the postmodern epoch, Rob Wilson demonstrates that the North American landscape has been the ground for political as well as aesthetic transport. He takes a distinctly historical approach and explores the ways in which experiences of the American landscape instill desire for other kinds of vastness: self-expansion, national expansion, and American political power. As Wallace Stevens put it, the American will takes "dominion everywhere."
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11 Though Bryant was no Whitman of the American sublime nor a Wordsworth
moving towards claims of poetic autonomy , he headed towards , if not into , this
more democratic and vernacularized terrain . Bryant at times credibly evoked a ...
Another sublime - hungry American reader expressed his own response to “
Bryant ' s Poems ” ( Democratic Review 6 ( 1839 ] : 274 – 79 ) in terms of
correspondingly lofty emotion , poetry filling the mind with commonplace
metaphor reifying a ...
On Bryant ' s poetry generally , see Under Open Sky : Poets on William Cullen
Bryant , ed . Norbert Krapf ( New York : Fordham Univ . Press , 1986 ) ; Robert A .
Ferguson , “ William Cullen Bryant : The Creative Context of the Poet , " New ...
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