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Life: Organic Form and Romanticism

Denise Gigante


What makes something alive? Or, more to the point, what is life? The question is as old as the ages and has not been (and may never be) resolved. Life springs from life, and liveliness motivates matter to act the way it does. Yet vitality in its very unpredictability often appears as a threat. This book explores how major writers of the Romantic period strove to produce living forms of art on an analogy with biological form, often finding themselves face to face with a power known as monstrous. The poets Christopher Smart, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats were all immersed i ... More

Keywords: life, matter, vitality, Romantic period, art, biological form, vital power, poetry, organic form, literary studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300136852
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300136852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denise Gigante, author