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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Lacking in Dryden ' s differential force of “ original genius , ” surely lacking in the
poetic genius of a Whitman or Poe , Livingston ' s stance towards any prior
sublimity of language remains kin to that talent - bounded one in Blackmore ' s ...
10 In “ On Originality and Imitation , ” Bryant claims that these “ new modes of
sublimity ” he seeks in the American wilds must push the limits of these inherited
terms and forms into more original applications : “ The poet must do precisely
16 Bryant ' s sonnet form , however , is all too well - wrought , hemmed in , and
closed off from the possibility of original phrasing or tonal accent : that passionate
utterance growing out of sublime feeling yet tapping into vernacular language ...
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