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Alfred in the Neatherd's Cottage: History Painting and Epic Poetry in the Early Nineteenth Century

Philological Quarterly, Winter 2007, Vol.86(1/2), pp.143-162 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Alfred in the Neatherd's Cottage: History Painting and Epic Poetry in the Early Nineteenth Century
  • Author: Harvey, A
  • Found In: Philological Quarterly, Winter 2007, Vol.86(1/2), pp.143-162 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Epic Literature ; Poetry ; Poets ; Architecture
  • Language: English
  • Description: Official encouragement of epic poetry was less direct, though one notes that epic poets of the period included junior ministers like James Bland Burges and Richard Wharton, court officials like Goethe and state councillors like Anders Frederik Skjöl- debrand, but one way of looking at the artistic and literary culture of this period as a whole is in terms of a kind of division, perhaps even competition, between a neo-classicism that emphasized participation in the public sphere and the celebration of public events in a style self-consciously derived from the classics, and a romanticism which involved a retreat from, even a rejection of, the public sphere in favor of self-contemplation and an immersion in nature and local tradi- lions, and if this distinction is held valid, epic poetry will be seen to fall very much on the neo-classical, public-sphere-oriented side of the divide.3 Since certain topics were almost equally favored as subjects for history painting and epic poetry it is worth investigating what it was in these topics that attracted both painters and poets.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 00317977 ; E-ISSN: 21695342

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