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Power, Plain English, and the Rise of Modern Poetry

David Rosen


This book offers a radically new account of Modern poetry and revises our understanding of its relation to Romanticism. British poets from Wordsworth to Auden attempted to present themselves simultaneously as persons of power and as moral voices in their communities. The modern lyric derives its characteristic complexities—psychological, ethical, formal—from the extraordinary difficulty of this effort. The low register of our language—a register of short, concrete, native words arranged in simple syntax—is deeply implicated in this story. The author shows how the peculiar reputation of “plain ... More

Keywords: Modern poetry, Romanticism, Wordsworth, Auden, plain English, truthfulness, ambitions, moral voices, language

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300100716
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100716.001.0001


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David Rosen, author

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