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The Poem as Concert. Lidner, Oxenstierna and the Unity of the Long Poem

Sjödin, Alfred LU (2012) In Forum for World Literature Studies 4(2). p.204-216
Abstract
This article adresses the problem of literary unity as is is posed by two late eighteenth century long poems, "Året 1783" by Bengt Lidner and Skördarne by Johan Gabriel Oxenstierna. By investigating the relations between poetry, poetics and practical criticism it seeks to document a situation in which new poems failed to achieve the kind of unity found in the traditional long poem, i.e. the epic. Instead the poems are valued in terms of their ability to seamlessly weave together diaparate material. The article then proceeds to describe the reception of these poems during the romantic period, when literary unity was primarily understood in terms of "lyric" unity. What was at stake in the fragmentary unity of these poems, wedged as it were... (More)
This article adresses the problem of literary unity as is is posed by two late eighteenth century long poems, "Året 1783" by Bengt Lidner and Skördarne by Johan Gabriel Oxenstierna. By investigating the relations between poetry, poetics and practical criticism it seeks to document a situation in which new poems failed to achieve the kind of unity found in the traditional long poem, i.e. the epic. Instead the poems are valued in terms of their ability to seamlessly weave together diaparate material. The article then proceeds to describe the reception of these poems during the romantic period, when literary unity was primarily understood in terms of "lyric" unity. What was at stake in the fragmentary unity of these poems, wedged as it were between these two paradigms of poetics? (Less)
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Literary unity, the long poem, poetics/aesthetics, mimesis.
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Forum for World Literature Studies
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4
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2
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204 - 216
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Shanghai Normal University, Purdue University and the Wuhan Institute for Humanities
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1949-8519
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English
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  issn         = {1949-8519},
  keyword      = {Literary unity,the long poem,poetics/aesthetics,mimesis.},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {204--216},
  publisher    = {Shanghai Normal University, Purdue University and the Wuhan Institute for Humanities},
  series       = {Forum for World Literature Studies},
  title        = {The Poem as Concert. Lidner, Oxenstierna and the Unity of the Long Poem},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {2012},
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