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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry$
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James Williams and Matthew Bevis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198708568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.001.0001

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Auden’s Lear

Auden’s Lear

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(p.300) 14 Auden’s Lear
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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry
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Seamus Perry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0015

W. H. Auden wrote one of his most impressive sonnets of the 1930s about Edward Lear, who interested him as a psychological case and also as a type of artist who was able to transform emotional injury into a unique kind of creativity. This essay explores Auden's portrait of Lear and connects it with some of the wider concerns and preoccupations of his aesthetics.

Keywords:   Edward Lear, W. H. Auden, poetry, nonsense

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