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The Artistry of Exile$
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Jane Stabler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590247.001.0001

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The calentures of music

The calentures of music

(p.223) 7 The calentures of music
The Artistry of Exile

Jane Stabler

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 considers the distinctive poetics of exile in a conversation between English poets (living and dead) and the unfamiliar, but gradually internalized music of their Italian surroundings. Reading English texts aloud, the Shelleys were able to immerse themselves in the sound of a language that no longer surrounded them with the air they breathed, creating a literary community to replace the intellectual circles that they had forfeited when they left England. This chapter draws on the psychology of Dan McAdams to suggest ways in which literature is necessarily woven with individual life narratives McAdams’s theory is brought to bear on analysis of the way that Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning read Byron and Shelley through each other’s eyes during their courtship correspondence—a literary relationship that lasts to the end of their lives

Keywords:   sound, association, poetics, psychology music, conversation, Byron, Shelley, Barrett, Browning

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