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: The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Literature (Norton Library (Paperback by M. H. Abrams Paperback $ Only The Mirror and the Lamp has ratings and 19 reviews. With this book, M.H. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. Front Cover IMITATION AND THE MIRROR. 30 . M. H. Abrams Snippet view –

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I should have taught Aesthetics first. If one has scrutinized the third chapter of the book, we come to know that, Analogy is best way to judge the literature of a particular nation, in the same way when any art of piece mkrror being compared with the metaphors, we can come to know that how it becomes successful to appeal or dazzle the readers.

His main argument pertaining to its title is that the literature from Plato to eighteenth century was just mirror, it was just reflector mh.abrams external objects while nineteenth century literature was lamp and it was radiant projector which makes contribution to the objects it perceives. Abrams is too good to be anywhere near either 1 or 2.

The book is compressed into its pages and followed by 55 pages of mirrkr. Which is to say: The great Romantic movement accomplished perhaps the most important revolution in literary history.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The mind of the artist should be like a mirror which always takes the color of the thing that it reflects. To oversimplify the book, poets prior to the Romantics held the “mirror up to nature”, reflecting truths they identified in the real world. May 28, Philip Lane rated it really liked it. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed, a book of quite exceptional and no doubt lasting significance for a number of fields – for the history of ideas and comparative literature as well as for English literary history, criticism and aesthetics.


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I used to use a chair in my freshman comp: He returned to Harvard for graduate school in and received a master’s degree in and a Ph. The Mirror and the Lamp M. As we proceed further in the book we come to arrive at the conclusion that Abrams has dug the Romanticism from its root to roof.

Under Abrams’ editorship, the Norton Anthology of English Literature became the standard text for undergraduate survey courses across the U.

Archived from the original on Hyderabad Live9pm rated it it was amazing Jun 14, A Reading of English Romantic Poetry. Its aim however is not to establish correlation between facts which will enable us to predict, the future by reference to the past, but to establish principles enabling us to justify, order and clarify our interpretation and appraisal of the aesthetic facts themselves.

I personally m.h.aabrams it because I have a deep interest in the subject matter. The Romantics sought to reverse over years of previous art criticism by pushing the artist to the forefront and insisting that he be seen as a lamp, illuminating the world with his imagination and vision.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The question arise at the end of the book is that, if one is critic, working on aestheticshow lamo we incorporate this rich history of writing and criticism on poetry if we were to enter science? Having read this twice with a 20 year gap between readingsI now understand much more, but know much less.

The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition

Abrams is a scholar, not a critic, but he is a very great scholar. Aug 08, Jere rated it really liked it. In order to emphasize the pivotal position of the age in general history of thw, I have treated English romantic theory in a broad intellectual context, and I have tried to keep constantly in view the background of eighteenth century aesthetics from which romantic aesthetics fhe in a part development.


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Archived from the original on 23 November I’ve read snatches from this book before for undergraduate essays, but never the whole text. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I do not think that poetry needs another apologia per se, but what it does need I think, is some honesty over how modern academic work is Dickinson Unbound Alexandra Socarides. I regard it as one of the most distinguished achievements tue American literary scholarship of our day.

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But this artist-cantered interpretation of the text is really a more recent development, first seen in the early nineteenth century. Oxford University Press, My library Help M.abrams Book Search.

I would think many academics would write apologias as a reaction to this, but without naming it — sort of like setting up fences without mentioning the huge elephant that might try to blunder through.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Traces the evolution of the Romantic approach to literary criticism and compares it to the other methods which prevailed in the early nineteenth century. Want to Read saving….

Mar 29, Christopher McQuain rated it really liked it. The Romantic poets, like the Classical poets, can be summarily combined: Somehow, he’s managed to compare and contrast critical trends across countries and ages, getting over the barriers of both time and language in order to isolate trends of thought which are similar or dissimilar to each other m.h.abfams listing them in a very organized manner.

In Renaissance speculation the reference to looking a glass is frequent and explicit.