The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1996 - 594 páginas
"This is an edition of all the known poems of Mark Akenside, the eighteenth-century English poet and physician, whose poetry has not been newly edited for more than a century. This edition will thus provide scholars and students with a much-needed opportunity to reassess the extent of Akenside's contribution to literary culture, and it will also clarify his role in the development of the aesthetic theories of his own generation and the one that followed." "The career of Mark Akenside (1721-70) spans a period of extraordinarily fast change in English literature: his first major poem, The Pleasures of Imagination, appeared in the year of Pope's death; and Akenside died in the year Wordsworth was born. His works not only reflected the very considerable changes that took place during these years; they also contributed in many ways to the shifts in focus, interest, and emphasis that characterize the literature of the later eighteenth century." "Akenside's fascination with the imagination, its characteristics and functions, resulted in an intriguing and influential blend of the poetic and the philosophical in his longer poems, The Pleasures of Imagination (1744) and The Pleasures of the Imagination (1772). The earlier work explores the then new subject of aesthetics in greater detail than it had ever been explored before, presenting various original insights and arguments. Yet it would be wrong to see the poem as merely a versified philosophical treatise; its complex structure offers satisfactions beyond those of sequential logic, and the examples cited to illustrate the central ideas are imbued with considerable vigor and clarity. As products of, and contributors to, the eighteenth-century enthusiasm for aesthetics, Akenside's longer poems are captivating examples of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century experiment in developing the philosophical poem into a major literary form. It is for this reason above all others that they are valued by Coleridge and the writers of the next generation." "Because of the comparative obscurity into which Akenside's works fell after the demise of the long philosophical poem in the latter part of the nineteenth century, they have not by and large attracted the attention of modern bibliographers. In this edition numerous bibliographical and textual puzzles presented by his poems are solved for the first time. The apparatus, meanwhile, demonstrates the full extent of the poet's urge to revise - an urge that extended from the wholesale rewriting of some poems to subtle alterations of textual minutiae, showing a mind and an ear alive to nuances of meaning and intonation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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THE PLEASURES OF IMAGINATION
85
The Argument of the First Book
90
Book I
91
The Argument of the Second Book
110
Book II
111
The Argument of the Third Book
134
Book III
135
Akensides Notes
154
a Fable
392
The Poet A Rhapsody
395
Occasiond by the Insults of the Spaniards and the present Preparations for War
400
Hymn to Science
406
Miscellaneous Poems
409
An Ode
410
For the Winter Solstice December 11 1740
414
An Epistle to Curio
416

The Pleasures of Imagination
175
The Argument of the first book
177
Book I
178
The Argument of the second book
197
Book II
198
Book III
216
Book V
230
Odes on Several Subjects
235
Book I
308
Akensides Notes
352
Hymn to the Naiads
359
Akensides Notes
370
Inscriptions
379
The Gentelmans Magazine Poems
389
Akensides Notes
426
A Song
427
to Sir Francis Henry Drake Barl January MDCCXLIX OS
428
Epode
431
Commentary
433
The Pinkerton Revisions
529
Dysons Advertisement 1772
537
An Epistle to the Right Honourable William Pultney Esq Upon His late Conduct in Publick Affairs 1742
540
Table of Related Passages in the Pleasures of Imagination and the Pleasures of the Imagination
549
List of Departures From Copytexts
551
Bibliography
557
Index of Names in the Introduction and Commentary
583
Index of Titles and First Lines
592
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