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The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900

Michael O'Neill


Drawn from Shelley's Prometheus Unbound, the title of this book suggests the cultural and literary persistence of the Romantic in the work of many British, American, and Irish poets since 1900. Allowing for and celebrating the multiple, even fractured nature of Romantic legacies, the book focuses on the creative impact of Romantic poetry on 20th- and 21st-century poetry. The introduction analyses the persistence of the Romantic. Chapter 1 dwells on images of ‘air’, using these to understand the efforts of a number of 20th-century poets to ‘sustain’ Romanticism or forms of it. Chapters 2 and 3 ... More

Keywords: Romantic legacies, persistence of the Romantic, post-Romantic, Yeats, Eliot, Stevens, Auden, Spender, Byron, Muldoon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael O'Neill, author
Department of English, Durham University
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