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'When tuneful bards awak'd the song sublime': the bardic sublime in romantic poetry, 1750-1825

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This thesis introduces my conception of the “bardic sublime” in the poetry of Thomas Gray, William Blake, William Wordsworth and Felicia Hemans. I present the bardic sublime as a form of poetic rhetoric: one which foregrounds the affective qualities associated with the ancient Welsh bard – a figure revived in Gray’s poetry – who is depicted as the prototype of the modern bard or poet in Romantic verse. While nationalistic discourse of the early eighteenth century encouraged interest in a...

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University of Oxford
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St Edmund Hall
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Lund University
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Lincoln
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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