: The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Literature (Norton Library (Paperback by M. H. Abrams Paperback $ Only The Mirror and the Lamp has ratings and 19 reviews. With this book, M.H. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. Front Cover IMITATION AND THE MIRROR. 30 . M. H. Abrams Snippet view –

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And, I must say, I now feel very foolish for not having read the whole thing cover-to-cover previously. The elephant that’s in the room is the status that literature has in society, a buffonish one — worse than useless — a parody of culture because it comes in the form of capital cultural capital. Here Abrams wants to convey, it is art which act as a mirror upon life.

States the principle of “the mirror” in literary theory.

It is a very good summary of the critical trends up to the present well, lxmp so present — but good enough — day. The field of aesthetic presents an especially difficult problem to the historian. Reading it, I made doodles, notes, folding, highlight, comments.

The fourth chapter is about the development of the Expressive theory of poetry in Romantic and German Literature. With respect to 1, I wonder how one man can process so much information.


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The Mirror and the Lamp

In this chapter Abrams says truth may indeed be always one and always the same. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Can a word or two be said about the biblical allusions in the title of the book ‘The Mirror and the Lamp’? Abrams does not divide four critical theories on the basis of his assumption but he has seen the application of these theories in literature of Europe. This is a work in which immense effort has been put in, together with an incredible amount of brain power and it shows.

The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition

A compulsary reading for me, an English student back to 13 years ago. Paperbackpages. We remind here Plato and Aristotle because it is imitative arts which reflect the life.

What Abrams did is difficult even for someone who is very capable.

The book deals, for the most part, with the original and enduring critics of the time, rather than with the run of the mill reviewers who often had a more immediate, though shorter-lived influence on the general reading public. It is remarkable that the importance of the reader m.h.abrsms only been considered seriously in fairly modern times.


It’s the first time I’ve had this reaction when reading an ‘academic’ book: The early chapters, up to his precis of Wordsworth and especially Coleridge are excellent- he explains how and why See and discover other items: Lists with This Book. Can you believe it, I eat this stuff up.

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Before the novel, literature was either poetry or epic poetry, more or less. Choose your country or region Close. Book ratings by Goodreads. I usually have 2 stock reactions: An essential book for anyone who wants to truly understand English. Wikiquote has quotations related to: I’m to be his new assistant,’ I added nervously. I was also hoping for something a bit less dense when I started, which might have biased me a bit, and there’s nothing more fatuous than the psychology of art, from the earliest writers through to the neuro-aestheticians of our time.