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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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The Need for ‘all this’

The Need for ‘all this’

Johnson, Bowles and the Forms of Prose

(p.75) Essay III The Need for ‘all this’
Byron and the Forms of Thought

Anthony Howe

Liverpool University Press

This chapter offers an extended reading of Byron’s involvement in the ‘Pope-Bowles controversy’ of the early 1820s. It argues for the importance of Johnson’s criticism in understanding Byron’s own, and suggests that Johnson’s ideas about an enactive prose criticism can help us to understand Byron’s own practice as a prose writer.

Keywords:   Byron, Pope-Bowles controversy, Samuel Johnson, William Lisle Bowles, literary criticism, prose

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