: The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Literature (Norton Library (Paperback by M. H. Abrams Paperback $ Only The Mirror and the Lamp has ratings and 19 reviews. With this book, M.H. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. Front Cover IMITATION AND THE MIRROR. 30 . M. H. Abrams Snippet view –

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Milton and the People Paul Hammond. In a powerful contrast, Abrams shows that until the Romantics, literature was usually understood as a mirror, reflecting the real world, in some kind of mimesis; mirroe for the Romantics, writing was more like a lamp: We remind here Plato and Aristotle because it is imitative arts which reflect the life.

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With this book, M. The Principles of Art R. Jenkins No preview available – In the ninth chapter Abrams dragged us to an age of Milton, Shakespeare, and Homer. Charms of myth, truth and metaphor in Romantic poetry and criticism is discussed in this chapter.

Abrams writing style is something to be admired.

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Abramswas an American literary criticknown for works on romanticismin particular ,amp book The Mirror and the Lamp. It’s the first time I’ve had this reaction when reading an ‘academic’ book: Retrieved 11 February I regard it as one of the most distinguished achievements of American literary scholarship of our day.


The Best Books of There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. From experience this is not true. Specifically though, it turned criticism towards a consideration of the relationship between the Artist and his work- with some writers finding explanation for the work in biographical detail, and others claiming that the work was the Artist. Abrams involved a bicycle. The idea of the true poet as lone inspired genius, starving in a garret, creating to express his and it generally was ‘his’ in ane days inner turmoil or vision is so ingrained that there almost seems no other possible standard.

Archived from the original on 2 June Book ratings by Goodreads. Abrams rescues Romanticism from those who have not a clue of what it’s about.

Abrams has it all down, from Plato right up to the latest books on aesthetics of his day. Interesting and very thorough history of literary criticism as pertaining to poetry.

I suppose some of the beliefs about what poetry sho Interesting and very thorough history of literary criticism as pertaining to poetry. It means it should have scope, precision, and coherence of the insights that it yields into the properties of single works of the art. In other projects Wikiquote. In the words of Abrams: Reading it, I made doodles, notes, folding, highlight, comments. The interesting thing is what modern says in relation to understanding of literature.

I used to use m.h.abrame chair in my freshman comp: Mlrror difference between this book and others tthe 1 The scope of reading 2 Tightness of the arguments. Abrahms points out in this scholarly, yet readable work on Romantic poetry and theory, this view of art and the artist is only as old as the age of Coleridge and M.h.qbrams.


It is a very good summary of the critical trends up to the present well, not so present — but good enough — day. A compulsary reading for me, an English student back to 13 years ago.

Initial chapters are written quite in easy language but when we arrive at the center of the text, a good dictionary and cyber tools are required to comprehend.

See and discover other items: For better or worse, the analogy helped focus interest on the subject matter of a work and its models in reality, to the comparative neglect of the shaping influence of artistic conventions, the inherent requirements of lzmp single work of art, and the individuality of the author. Somehow, he’s managed to compare and contrast critical trends across countries and ages, getting over the barriers of both mirro and language in order to isolate trends of thought which are similar or dissimilar to each other and tue them in a very organized manner.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Paula Brown rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Although I certainly highly recommend it to those researching literary history, unless that theory can genuinely carry your reading, this could be a hard read.

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