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"Beauty, that piercing joy akin to pain" : Romanticism and the "Christian moral economy of 'sacrifice'" in First World War poetry / by Samantha Hamilton



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Creatore: Hamilton, Samantha J., author Visualizza persona
Titolo: "Beauty, that piercing joy akin to pain" : Romanticism and the "Christian moral economy of 'sacrifice'" in First World War poetry / by Samantha Hamilton
Link to work: "Beauty, that piercing joy akin to pain" Visualizza cluster
Pubblicazione: [2015]
Copyright: ©2015
Estensione: 1 online resource (vi, 103 pages) : illustrations
Tipo formato: computer
Tipo contenuto: text
Tipo supporto: online resource
Genere: War poetry, English
Romanticism -- Influence
World War, 1914-1918
Classificazione LOC: PN1271 .H36 2015
Note generali: "A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in English."
Contenuto supplementare: Includes bibliographical references (pages 89-98).
Sommario/rassunto: This thesis examines the connection between Romanticism and the Christ-like sacrifice of soldiers depicted in British poetry of the First World War. It focuses on the Romantic notion of the artist as an individual with special knowledge who suffers in order to create beautiful art, which, this thesis argues, provides a precedent for poets during the war to portray the suffering and sacrifice of combatants in beautiful – and, thus, aesthetically acceptable – ways. Particularly, this thesis focuses on a small, but diverse, group of poets who use the consecrated language of Christianity not only to express in poetry the un-poetic aspects of war (suffering and death), but to navigate a wartime culture of hyper-nationalism and what Peter Howarth calls "a Christian moral economy of 'sacrifice' for national honour or the common good" (51) in order to express their thoughts and feelings on the war to a large (and largely conservative) audience. The methods used in this thesis include a historical analysis of the culture and context in which the poets here examined developed and published their work. This analysis includes an examination of the formal and informal education that these poets likely received as well as the publishing conditions in Britain during the First World War. This historical context provides the basis for applying the genre theory used by Nils Clausson, who argues for the necessity of poetic models being available to poets to write about their wartime experiences poetically. This thesis argues that Romantic poetry was made an accessible poetic model for poets via their education, and this genre of poetry is demonstrated to have influenced the poetry herein examined through the close reading and formal analysis of selected works by Sergeant Leslie Coulson, Eva Dobell, Private Wilfrid Gibson, Rudyard Kipling, Marjorie Pickthall, Lieutenant Siegfried Sassoon, and the Reverend Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy.
Formato: Manoscritti
Livello bibliografico Monografia
Lingua di pubblicazione: Inglese
Record Nr.: 7575392
Localizzazioni e accesso elettronico http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.41369
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