1. Mournful Ditties and Merry Measures: Feeling and Form in the Romantic Short Lyric and Song

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Michael O'neill Professor

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch1

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

O'neill, M. (2010) Mournful Ditties and Merry Measures: Feeling and Form in the Romantic Short Lyric and Song, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch1

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Durham University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650

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Keywords:

  • forms and genres;
  • Mournful Ditties and Merry Measures - feeling and form in Romantic short lyric and song;
  • short poems, condensing all things into themselves - drops of dew folding in on themselves and mirroring the cosmos;
  • Keats's poem, Romantic brief lyrics - turning into metapoetry (poetry about poetry), with startling rapidity;
  • Shelley's lyric self-positioning - as in “To a Skylark,” being relatively intricate;
  • Shelley's “Song” - suggesting Romantic lyrics - carrying their burdens of significance lightly;
  • writings, linking lyric to processes of “remembrance” - in ways that are complicated;
  • poet of Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto III - canto's shadowy, alternative life as an extended sequence of connected short lyrics;
  • Wordsworth's lyric, as a vehicle - for affirmation, questioning subjective feelings;
  • Poetry, “The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty” - in Poe's suggestive phrase from his “The Poetic Principle”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • I

  • II

  • III

  • IV

  • References and Further Reading