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‘Devolving through the maze of eloquence’: James Thomson’s The seasons and the eighteenth-century verse labyrinth

‘Devolving through the maze of eloquence’: James Thomson’s The seasons and the eighteenth-century verse labyrinth

Stenke, Katarina ORCID: 0000-0003-4006-3826 (2014) ‘Devolving through the maze of eloquence’: James Thomson’s The seasons and the eighteenth-century verse labyrinth. Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, 39 (1):1. pp. 5-23. ISSN 1754-0208 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/1754-0208.12248)

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Abstract

This article combines readings of The Seasons' many mazes and amazements with a survey of labyrinths in contemporary British landscape design and literature. In doing so it reassesses recent accounts of the poem's ideological perspectives and demonstrates the wider importance of maze allusions in early eighteenth-century literature. Figuring the Creation as a maze allowed authors of this period to represent nature's intricate concordia discors while harnessing the prestige of canonical poetry. In The Seasons, James Thomson uses similar strategies to establish the primacy of poetry over nature and so facilitate interventions into controversial topics such as theodicy and party politics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eighteenth century; Poetry; James Thomson; The Seasons; Allusion; Maze; Labyrinth; Garden; Landscape; Georgic; Milton; Ovid
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16472

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