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Jane Stabler provides this exam of Byron's poetic shape in courting to historic debates of his time. Responding to fresh experiences within the Romantic interval, Stabler asserts that Byron's poetics built in line with modern cultural historical past and his reception by way of the English analyzing public. Drawing on new study, she strains the complexity of the intertextual dialogues that run via his paintings.

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Byron poetics history

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This book adopts an approach which is more sensitive to the local, the contingent and the individual case. ’ For the reasons I give below, literary theory informs this book non-systematically. It will be obvious that post-structuralist theoretical models have enabled us to talk about the liberating pleasure of digression in a way which was not possible for Byron’s contemporary reviewers. Bakhtinian ideas about carnival and chronotype have been employed productively in Byron criticism for several years.

The chapter looks at the ways in which Whig factionalism shaped the direction of Byron’s satire and responses to the poem. In particular, I argue that Byron’s formal experiments with The Age of Bronze and The Island in between cantos  and  of Don Juan represent a political stance rather different from the accepted view of Byron’s aristocratic Whig poetic identity. Building on my discussion of the Pope/Bowles controversy in Chapter Three, I examine what Byron’s last turn to couplet satire tells us about critical differences between his work and Pope’s, and how his use of a feminine digressive persona in Don Juan is tested and affirmed in his last digressive swerves.

The reception of Byron’s poetry during his life was a complex affair and cannot simply be glossed as massive popularity for melancholy narratives followed by ostracism for the sociable mobilité of ottava rima verse. Contemporary reviews reveal widespread concern about the unstable compounds of tone, mood and allusions in Byron’s writing from the publication of the first two cantos of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. ’ Critical emphasis on nature, sublimity and the transcendent mind reinforced the classification of late Byron as an ‘anti-Romantic’ or psychological oddity.

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