"Stirring shades": The Romantic Ode and Its Afterlives

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Romantic Poetry
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781405135542
StatePublished - May 3 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • "Stirring shades" - The Romantic Ode and Its Afterlives
  • Baillie's genius for demystification - nowhere clearer than in her virtuosic "Lines to a Teapot"
  • Byron returns Liberty to the fray - in his odes on demise of Napoleon, Liberty's hands are stained with blood
  • Gray's "Progress of Poesy" - poetry chaffing at "Freedom's holy flame"
  • Keats's "Ode on Indolence," beneath the passive tenses - perceiving his own hand stirring the urn
  • Ode that sacrifices liberties to appetites - Charles Lamb's caustic "Pindaric Ode to the Tread Mill," homage to Defoe's "Hymn to the Pillory"
  • Odes of Progress - "the sword, in myrtles dressed"
  • Odes of the revolutionary-Napoleonic era and its aftermath - pageants of progress
  • The Bard, uncannily prophesies poetry's revival in the hands of Shakespeare, Milton - more "distant warblings"
  • Trio of shades, Liberty, the Nightingale, and Melancholy - "the Romantic Ode" is itself a shade, a lyric afterlife of two eighteenth-century discourses


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