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Poetry & MoneyA Speculation$
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Peter Robinson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622539

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622539.001.0001

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For a vast speculation had failed

For a vast speculation had failed

(p.121) Chapter Six For a vast speculation had failed
Poetry & Money

Peter Robinson

Liverpool University Press

Chapter six follows the theme of gold versus paper money into the Victorian era by revisiting Thomas Love Peacock’s Paper Money Lyrics and relating it to the history of bank failure upon which the poems satirically descant. Tennyson’s biographical and poetic interest in speculations and the consequences of their failures are followed out in discussions of his ‘Sea Dreams’ and Maud, relating anxieties about valueless promises in investments to the value of the poet’s own words in these poems. It continues the interest in poetic technique by looking particularly at how the rhyming works in money poems by Hood, Browning, Clough and Davidson. It also returns to the theme of poets’ financial straits from Chapter 3, relating it to poetic techniques in, especially, Hood and Davidson.

Keywords:   bank failures, financial straits, misers, gold, rhymes, Browning, Clough, Davidson, Hood, Tennyson

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