By Gregory Tate

The Poet's brain is a massive learn of the way Victorian poets idea and wrote in regards to the human brain. It argues that Victorian poets, inheriting from their Romantic forerunners the idea that subjective options and emotions have been crucial fabrics for poetry, used their writing either to offer expression to psychological methods and to scrutinise and examine these approaches. during this quantity Gregory Tate considers why and the way mental research grew to become an more and more vital section of poetic idea and perform within the mid-nineteenth century, a time while the self-discipline of psychology was once rising along the starting to be acceptance that the workings of the brain can be understood utilizing the analytical equipment of technological know-how. The writings of Victorian poets frequently convey an information of this psychology, yet, even as, the language and tone in their mental verse, and particularly their ambivalent use of phrases equivalent to 'brain', 'mind', and 'soul', voice an unresolved pressure, felt all through Victorian tradition, among medical theories of psychology and metaphysical or non secular bills of selfhood. The Poet's Mind considers the poetry of Browning, Tennyson, Arnold, Clough, and George Eliot, delivering exact readings of numerous significant Victorian poems, and proposing new proof in their authors' curiosity in modern mental idea. Ranging throughout lyric verse, epic poetry, and the dramatic monologue, the ebook explores the ways that poetry at the same time drew on, resisted, and contributed to the unfold of medical theories of brain in Victorian Britain.

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