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Early modern poetics in Melville and Poe; memory, melancholy, and the emblematic tradition.

9781409435860

Early modern poetics in Melville and Poe; memory, melancholy, and the emblematic tradition.

Engel, William E.

Ashgate Publishing Co.

2012

191 pages

$99.95

Hardcover

PS2384

Engel (English, U. of the South, Tennessee) explores pattern recognition and how the classical Art of Memory--by way of 17th-century aesthetic principles--gained a foothold in the work of 19th-century American writers Herman Melville and Edgar Allen Poe. Other writers of the period drank from that well, he says, and both of these writers had other, more powerful, influences, but in them he finds common features of the borrowing that others do not share. His perspectives are stylistic choices and intellectual armature, Melville's melancholy landscapes, Poe's mirrored memory palaces, and reclaiming irredeemable loss.

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