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Byron and the Forms of Thought$
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Anthony Howe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319716.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Byron and the Forms of Thought
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Anthony Howe

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319716.003.0001

This introductory chapter first traces the history of the critical reception of Byron’s works. It considers his cultural status as a writer, rather than as a thinker, and his exclusion from works of literary history. It then discusses how Byron can be placed — and, at times, consciously places himself — within a version of the critical tradition. It argues that his poetry, rather than being reproducible as a discrete branch of philosophy, engages philosophical thought as a prelude to self-understanding. It becomes its own investigation into the thoughtfulness and knowledge of form. The book’s manner, structure and aims are described followed by an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Bryon, poets, poetry, literary history, literary criticism, philosophy

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