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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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A ‘Voice from out the Wilderness’

A ‘Voice from out the Wilderness’

Cain and Philosophical Poetry

(p.43) Essay II A ‘Voice from out the Wilderness’
Byron and the Forms of Thought

Anthony Howe

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focusses on Byron’s drama Cain and re-thinks its traditional reception as a work of philosophical poetry – a philosophical argument, that is, that happens to be expressed in the form of poem. The play is read, rather, as being concerned with the limitations of argument and the related possibilities of literary form.

Keywords:   Byron, Cain, philosophical poetry, literary form

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