: 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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The development of the Expressive theory is very well seen in poetry and art of Romantic and German literature. Part of the problem is the confusion between romantic things like Twilight and overpriced chocolates and Romantic an emphasis on the power of emotion, the syncretic view of things, etc, all the things that Abrams talks about.

Retrieved m.h.agrams April In a powerful contrast, Abrams shows that until the Romantics, literature was usually understood as a mirror, reflecting the real world, in some kind of mimesis; but for the Romantics, writing was more like a lamp: Get to Know Us.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. The second half, though, isn’t nearly as impressive. The son of a house painter and the first in his family to go to college, he entered Harvard University as an undergraduate in Classic work of literary theory on Romanticism. Misprints are extremely rare and nowhere do they obscure the meaning. There’s a problem loading mh.abrams menu right now.


A compulsary reading for me, an English student back to 13 years ago. The Romantics sought hte reverse over years of previous art criticism by pushing the artist to the forefront and insisting that he be seen as a lamp, illuminating the world with his imagination and vision. Expressive theory is a one among the four. Seven Types of Ambiguity. But this artist-cantered interpretation of the text is really a more recent development, first seen in the early nineteenth century.

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Abrams, has remarkable place in the history of English literature. The author managed to map the field of literary criticism in such a way that it made sense. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Just a moment m.h.aabrams we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We remind here Plato and Aristotle because it is imitative arts which reflect the life.

See 1 question about The Mirror and the Lamp…. As far as language and structure of the book is concerned, each chapters begins with passages related to content. Abrams, the Romanticist and Norton Anthology Editor”. I’d place it on top of the desk and ask, “Is this a Real Chair?

The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition by M.H. Abrams

He returned to Harvard for graduate school in and received his Masters’ degree in and his PhD in Something that is ‘ostensibly academic’ might be purposefully obfuscatory for no other purpose than vulgarly showing off one’s learning. Abrams has read most texts sensitively and with a good amount of thought. Open Preview See a Problem? Ajay Deshmukh rated it really liked it Jan 29, The elephant that’s in the room is the status that literature has in society, a buffonish one — worse than useless — a parody of culture because it comes in the form of capital cultural capital.


Review “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.

I should have taught Aesthetics first. If so then it’s a really sorry age, because it means that all ‘non-academic’ writing is incomprehensible. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

From experience this is not true. The Mirror and the Lamp: Abrams says we tend to think of the work of art in terms of the m.h.agrams, who, acting through his powers of imagination, willfully brings into being his creation.

The Mirror and the Lamp : Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition

Enter the email address you thhe up with and we’ll email you a reset link. To oversimplify the book, poets prior to the Romantics held the “mirror up to nature”, reflecting truths they identified in the real world.

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