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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tempests , not analytical meditation on the state of the self , but nature
affectionately beheld fills the mind with the self - subjugating idea of God .
Vacancy could be converted and moralized into poetic immensity . However
shorn of creature ...
Withdrawing to a sequestered grotto of nature ( “ Me to sequester ' d scenes , ye
muses guide , / Where nature wantons in her virgin - pride ” ) , Livingston depicts
his ceremony of response , in the exclamatory manner of Milton ' s Penseroso ...
The imagery of nature , both in its immensity and little details , might unlock a
source of new sublimity if contemplated freshly and directly : “ What a profusion of
materials for poetry Nature offers to him who directly consults her instead of
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