: The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Literature (Norton Library (Paperback by M. H. Abrams Paperback $ Only The Mirror and the Lamp has ratings and 19 reviews. With this book, M.H. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. Front Cover IMITATION AND THE MIRROR. 30 . M. H. Abrams Snippet view –

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Siddharth rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Abrams rescues Romanticism from those who m.h.abramw not a clue of what it’s about. It has somewhat elevated me to a non Neolithically citizen, in a way to adjust to the darkness of musical dormitory. In Renaissance speculation the reference to looking a glass is frequent and explicit.

Cleve Horrocks rated it did not like it Mar 03, It is remarkable that the importance of the reader has only been considered seriously in fairly modern times. To oversimplify the book, poets prior to the Imrror held the “mirror up to nature”, reflecting truths they identified in the real world.

Archived PDF from the original on 10 May If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Rasool rated it it was amazing Dec 10, I personally enjoyed it because I have a deep m.h.aabrams in the subject matter.

Johnson, by whom Abrams was most influenced, was fond of this parallel, and found it the highest excellence of Shakespeare that he holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and life. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Can a word or two be said about the biblical allusions in the title of the book ‘The Mirror and the Lamp’? How Newton too influenced by the poetry that things has been discussed in this chapter.


The Mirror and the Lamp

With respect to 1, I wonder how one man can process so much information. The danger is in allowing science to become a sort of metanarrative to the poetry which we read and other side of it which thinking science as mutually exclusive, or even as opposed to literature. Reading Poetry Peter Barry. Thus he distinguishes the mimetic, pragmatic, expressive and objective theories describing their origins, development and survival since the days of Plato and Aristotle.

Having read this twice with a 20 year gap between readingsI now understand much more, but know much less. The Idea of Nature R.

But there’s much less convincing analysis of the ‘x thought y because of z’ mode, and really, that’s much more important. Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition by M.

I am very much an appreciator of Romantic literature, and this book communicates the impact and spirit of this type of literature very powerfully.

That was sophomore level. I’m happy I managed to buy it for a very affordable price. I think that many of the sciences, when used in conjunction with the understanding of literature, still operate on the whole ‘literature as mimesis’ thing. Other books in this series. I should have taught Aesthetics first.

This critical orientation has so convincingly triumphed that the focus on the Artist to the exclusion of the Audience has no competition- all critics are Romantic critics. It is very impressive.

It’s good intellectual history, I guess, in the ‘x thought y’ mode. Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. Looking for beautiful books? Retrieved 11 February My favorite sort of academic writing: Milton and the People Paul Hammond. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Review quote “One of the five works published within the last thirty years which in the opinion of representative scholars and critics have contributed most to the understanding of literature.


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I also write poetry, and I think this is a basic text for understanding one’s own artistic output. The Romantics added a lamp to that metaphor, asserting it was the moral and aesthetic imperative of the poet to not only instruct through access to empirical evidence, but also to infuse those observations with the imaginative interaction of the poet’s mind in particular to illuminate the universal truths embedded invisibly within the poetic subject.

Critical Analysis of the Book: Here Abrams wants to convey, it is art which act as a mirror upon life. He mentions here critic D. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed, a book of quite exceptional and no doubt lasting significance for a number of fields–for the history of ideas and comparative literature as well as for English literary history, criticism, and aesthetics.

Abrams says we tend to think of the work of art in terms of the artist, who, acting through his powers of imagination, willfully brings into being his creation. We like it when academics can detail exactly what it is they are talking about and Abrams has happy habit of thought which allows him to be able to organize his argument.

Expressive theory is a one among the four.