: 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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He returned to Harvard for graduate school in and received his Masters’ degree in and his PhD in My first encounter with M. Traces the evolution of the Romantic approach to literary criticism and compares it to the other methods which prevailed in the early nineteenth century.

States the principle of “the mirror” in literary theory. Sep 03, Rike Jokanan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to know about the history of aesthetics, especially with regard to poetry, would be well-advised to read this.

The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition by M.H. Abrams

Buy the selected items together This item: I have described some of the relations of English critical theory to foreign thought, especially to the richly suggestive German speculations of the age, beginning with Herder and Kant, when Germany replaced England and France as the chief exporter of ideas to the Western world.

If you find literary theory a tough slog, this is a page book llamp literary theory. Siva Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty.

Initial chapters are written quite in easy language but when we arrive at the center of the text, a good dictionary and cyber tools are required to comprehend.


It was published in the s so does not include any of the more modern theories or stances but gives a very good idea of the foundations on which attitudes to art and poetry are based. Oxford University Press is a department of the University m.h.abrame Oxford.

But there’s much less convincing analysis of the ‘x thought y because of z’ mode, and really, that’s much more important.

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The Mirror and the Lamp

Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed, a book of quite exceptional and no doubt lasting significance for a number of fields- for the history of ideas and comparative literature as well as for English literary history, criticism and anesthetics. Book ratings by Goodreads. Its aim however is not to establish correlation between facts which will enable us to predict, the future by reference to the past, but to establish principles enabling us to justify, mirrlr and clarify our interpretation and appraisal of the aesthetic facts themselves.

Jan 22, Alicia rated it really liked it Shelves: The early chapters, up to his precis of Wordsworth and especially Coleridge are excellent- he explains how and why Romantic criticism came to be what it is, by putting it into the context of earlier critics.

But what does it mean n.h.abrams be a “Romantic? Dec 09, Frini marked it as to-read.

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Archived from the original on 23 November Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Abramswas an American literary criticknown for works on romanticismin particular his book The Mirror and the Lamp.


Somehow, he’s managed to compare and contrast critical trends across countries and ages, getting over the barriers of both time and language in order to isolate trends of thought which are similar or dissimilar to each other and listing them in a very organized manner.

It gives very insightful understanding of the particular chapters. Wikiquote has quotations related to: The field of aesthetic presents an especially difficult problem to the historian. The book is compressed into its pages and followed by 55 pages of notes.

M. H. Abrams

Views Read Edit View history. The Mirror and the Lamp M. Above, passage informs us that Abrams has broad intellectual reading and critical skill to interpret not only English literature and criticism but German also.

The danger is in allowing science to become a sort of metanarrative to the poetry which we read and other side of it which thinking science as mutually exclusive, or even as opposed to literature.

Romantic poets often did analogy of their poetry with various metaphors. First off, it’s easy to forget how important an art form poetry was back in the 18th century. He went into English because, he says, ” there weren’t jobs in any other profession, so I thought I might as well enjoy starving, instead of starving while doing something I didn’t enjoy.

I personally enjoyed it because I have a deep interest in the subject matter.