Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Liberal Thought

Forms of Freedom

  • Anna Barton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Anna Barton
    Pages 1-23
  3. Anna Barton
    Pages 233-236
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 237-257

About this book


This book explores the relationship between nineteenth-century poetry and liberal philosophy. It carries out a reassessment of the aesthetic possibilities of liberalism and it considers the variety of ways that poetry by William Wordsworth, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arthur Hugh Clough, George Meredith, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold and Algernon Charles Swinburne responds to and participates in urgent philosophical, social and political debates about liberty and the rule of law. It provides an account of poetry’s intervention into four different sites where liberalism has a stake: the self, the university, married life and the nation state and it seeks to assert the peculiar capacity of poetry to articulate liberal concerns, proposing poetic language as a means of liberal enquiry.


freedom liberty literature poetics poetry

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  • Anna Barton
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom

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