Byron and the Forms of Thought

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Byron and the Forms of Thought

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 61


September 20th, 2013


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Byron and the Forms of Thought is a major new study of Byron as a poet and thinker. While informed by recent work on Byron’s philosophical contexts, the book questions attempts to describe Byron as a philosopher of a particular kind. It approaches Byron, rather, as a writer fascinated by the different ways of thinking philosophy and poetry are taken to represent. After an Introduction that explores Byron’s reception as a thinker, the book moves to a new reading of Byron’s scepticism, arguing for a close proximity, in Byron’s thought, between epistemology and poetics. This is explored through readings of Byron’s efforts both as a philosophical poet and writer of critical prose. The conclusions reached form the basis of an extended reading of Don Juan as a critical narrative that investigates connections between visionary and political consciousness. What emerges is a deeply thoughtful poet intrigued and exercised by the possibilities of literary form.

Howe's Byron and the Forms of Thought is illuminating as well as inspiring,readers looking for fresh insights into Byron’s poetry and verse dramas will not be disappointed.

Susan Oliver, European Romantic Review

‘Sophisticated thinking and impressive and valuable readings … Howe makes an appeal for a return to a type of close reading that is worth listening to.’

Author Information

Dr Anthony Howe is Senior Lecturer in English at Birmingham City University. He is editor of the volume Liberty and Poetic Licence: New Essays on Byron (Liverpool University Press, 2008) and, with Professor Michael O'Neill, of The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (2013).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title page4
Copyright page5
Part I22
Chapter I24
Chapter II52
Part 282
Chapter III84
Chapter IV113
Part 3138
Chapter V140
Chapter VI155