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Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century
 
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Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century
 
 
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16 Nov 2012
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Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century identifies a pervasive cultivation of attention in eighteenth-century poetry. The book argues that a plea from a 1692 ode by William Congreve–'Let me be all, but my attention, dead'–embodies a wider aspiration in the period's poetry to explore overt themes of attention and demonstrate techniques of readerly attention. It historicizes eighteenth-century accounts of attention and pioneers a link between the period's poetry and recent discussions of attention in cognitive psychology. It contributes to the largely neglected history of a psychological trait that has assumed a recent cultural urgency, and it repositions eighteenth-century poems as a collective model for assiduous reading and supple, wide-ranging attention.


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Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century identifies a pervasive cultivation of attention in eighteenth-century poetry. The book argues that a plea from a 1692 ode by William Congreve–'Let me be all, but my attention, dead'–embodies a wider aspiration in the period's poetry to explore overt themes of attention and demonstrate techniques of readerly attention. It historicizes eighteenth-century accounts of attention and pioneers a link between the period's poetry and recent discussions of attention in cognitive psychology. It contributes to the largely neglected history of a psychological trait that has assumed a recent cultural urgency, and it repositions eighteenth-century poems as a collective model for assiduous reading and supple, wide-ranging attention.


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Contents

Introduction: 'Let me be all, but my attention, dead'
History and Theory of Attention in the Eighteenth Century
The Filter of Attention and Indissoluble Attractors in Eighteenth-Century Mock-Heroic Poetry
Multiple Sensory Modalities of Attention
Landscape Poetry I: The Discovery of Receptivity
Landscape Poetry II: The Practice of Receptivity
Cowper's Task of Attention
Odes of Absorption
'Attention is everywhere'


Authors

Margaret Koehler is an associate professor of English at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. She has published essays in Modern Philology, Studies in English Literature, and Blackwell's A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry.