This study has rested on the assumption that historicism and formalism are complementary and synergistic approaches in literary analysis. Having drawn the arc of republican poetry from Blake to Swinburne, I wish now to highlight one particular feature of historicist formalism as an interpretive perspective as well as to suggest the special inheritance republican poets gave to both English verse and Anglo-American political life.


Stake Metaphor Verse Ethos Reformer 


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    Roland Barthes, ‘Myth Today,’ Mythologies, trans. Annette Lavers (New York: Hill and Wang, 1972), p. 112.Google Scholar
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    J. G. A. Pocock, The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1795, 2003), p. 61.Google Scholar

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