Romantic Imagery in the Works of Walter De La Mare (Studies in British Literature S. v. 55)

Romantic Imagery in the Works of Walter De La Mare (Studies in British Literature S. v. 55)

By: Anne Bentinck (author)Hardback

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This monograph covers Walter de la Mare's poetry and prose works, revealing his complex and serious side. It concentrates on his master images: The Cage; The Traveller;The House; Paradise; and the Visionary Face. It also examines the writer's personality, technique, and influences.


Preface ix Acknowledgements xi Abbreviations xv Foreword xvii CHAPTER 1: Introduction: The Secret Self 1 Preamble Poem: 'A Portrait' De la Mare's family, social, and literary background; his craftsmanship; the Georgian cultural mise en scene; his philosophical ideas on life, death, and time; his religious views; influence of Thomas Hardy. CHAPTER 2: Imagination and Reality: The Idea and the Word 39 Preamble Poem: 'Labyrinth' De la Mare's two worlds of imagination (the inward eye) and actualism (the seeing eye); relationship to the Symbolist Movement; his linguistic technique; humour; concision; ambiguity of his poems and stories; importance of dream in his work; romantic themes and images; influence of the Bible. CHAPTER 3: Poor Bird...: The Prison and the Cage 93 Preamble Poem: 'The Cage' Metaphor of the cage in its various aspects: the body as a cage; conventional life as a prison; love as a gilded cage; the world as a cage; illustrated from his novels Memoirs of a Midget and The Return, and from the short stories and poems. The cage motif in literature. CHAPTER 4: The Home of the Heart's Desire: The House 145 Preamble Poem: 'Comfort' De la Mare's use of the 'house' as a metaphor for this life and the world; as a place of security; as the shell of the body; as the dwelling-place of the imagination and abode of the spirit; and as metaphor for our final resting place - death and heaven. CHAPTER 5: The Hunger of the Heart: The Traveller, His Quest and His Journey through Time 187 Preamble Poem: 'The Song of Finis' The Traveller and his journey as the main theme in de la Mare. Chronological discussion of the poems and prose fiction based on this image, culminating in 'The Traveller'. His attitude to Time with reference to 'Winged Chariot', Wordsworth and his 'spots of time', and other epiphanic modes in literature. CHAPTER 6: The Garden of his Banishment: Paradise, Eden, Exile 235 Preamble Poem: 'The Exile' Influence on de la Mare of the literary landscape of the Garden of Eden and Paradise. Its use as a metaphor for the lost Golden Age; for the Eden of childhood; for earthly Nature at its most beautiful; for the literary 'otherworlde' of faerie, fantasy, and imagination, and for the final heavenly Paradise. De la Mare's attitude to childhood; influence of Wordsworth; man in relation to nature. CHAPTER 7: Fair or Dark Angel: The Visionary Face 305 Preamble Poem: 'The Vision' Aspects of the fair visionary figure, the unattainable 'She'. De la Mare's attitude to human and divine love; his own love life; its effect on his work. General literary connotations of the face; the inner self or companion; the perfect woman; the Ideal; the Narcissus motif; the 'double'. Fantasy literature; George MacDonald's archetypal She. The romantic concept of Beauty; the Good; and perfect form. AFTERWORD 357 Bibliography 361 Index of Works 393 General Index 401

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