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Edward Lear's lines of flight: Chatterton Lecture on Poetry read 1 November 2012 by

Matthew Bevis

in British Academy Lectures 2012-13: Published in the online Journal of the British Academy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780197265666
eISBN:
9780191771927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265666.003.0003
Subject:
History, World Modern History

‘Verily I am an odd bird’, Edward Lear wrote in his diary in 1860. This article examines a range of odd encounters between birds and people in Lear’s paintings, illustrations, and poems. It considers ... More


Lear and the Fool

James Williams

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Being a Fool called Lear is a good joke, and Edward Lear enjoyed playing up to it. His letters make rueful allusion to his Shakespearean namesake, and his life and work echo that of the traditional ... More


Pictures of Partnership: Art Education, Children’s Literature, and the Rise of the Child Artist

Victoria Ford Smith

in Between Generations: Collaborative Authorship in the Golden Age of Children's Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496813374
eISBN:
9781496813411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496813374.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores intergenerational collaborations that draw upon the resources of the child artists. It puts side-by-side changing perspectives on art by children and new modes in illustrations ... More


Introduction: Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

James Williams and Matthew Bevis

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

In a discursive Introduction, James Williams and Matthew Bevis explore the ramifications of ‘play’ in relation to Edward Lear. Lear’s poetry is considered as playing with language, ideas, social ... More


Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

James Williams and Matthew Bevis (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry is the first collection of critical essays on the poetry of Edward Lear. Of all the Victorian poets, Lear has a good claim to the widest audience: admired and ... More


‘Some Think Him…Queer’: Loners and Love in Edward Lear

Peter Swaab

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Starting from an account of the continuing biographical disputes over Lear’s homosexuality, this essay explores the ramifications of sexuality and love in his work, focusing on singleness, secrets, ... More


Fragments Out of Place: Homology and the Logic of Nonsense in Edward Lear

Anna Henchman

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter places Lear’s manipulation of bodies and words in the context of comparative anatomy and evolutionary theories. Rearranged body parts, beheading, and other forms of bodily distortion ... More


Edward Lear and Dissent

Sara Lodge

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Edward Lear was born into a family of independent dissenters and developed his own nonconformist religious views, informed by his reading of Darwin, Deutsch and other contemporary theorists. Reading ... More


Falling for Edward Lear

Matthew Bevis

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter explores images, metaphors, and styles of descent. Drawing on the Lear family’s religious background, his responses to debates about Original Sin and the Fall, and his chronic struggle ... More


Drawing Away from Lear: Stevie Smith’s Deceitful Echo

william may

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter reads the drawings and poems of Stevie Smith as deliberate encounters with Lear and his legacy, exploring the ways she pledges affinity to his ‘nervous family’ while asking her readers ... More


Playing with Letters: Lear’s Episthilarity

Hugh Haughton

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Lear’s letters are full of playful nonsense, as one might expect, but also insights into the play of language in his work. This essay argues that Lear’s correspondence offers us a unique view of the ... More


Auden’s Lear

Seamus Perry

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

W. H. Auden wrote one of his most impressive sonnets of the 1930s about Edward Lear, who interested him as a psychological case and also as a type of artist who was able to transform emotional injury ... More


Edward Lear, John Ashbery, and the Pleasant Surprise

Stephen Ross

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Throughout his career, and increasingly in the later work, John Ashbery has maintained a vibrant dialogue with the English nonsense tradition. Edward Lear in particular has accompanied Ashbery from ... More


‘One of the Dumms’: Edward Lear and Romanticism

Michael O’Neill

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter will argue that Romantic delight in particularity as well as suggestiveness–a suggestiveness inseparable from particularity, and often demonstrated through attention to the specificity ... More


T. S. Eliot Plays Edward Lear

Anne Stillman

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter tries to understand T. S. Eliot and Edward Lear as companionable forms. It thinks about allusions to Lear in Eliot's verse, but also attempts to apprehend a more elusive comic spirit ... More


Edward Lear: Celebrity Chef

Peter Robinson

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

The chapter is an exploration of the humour in Edward Lear’s references to food in his poetical writings, his letters, and especially his nonsense recipes. It traces their active ambivalences to his ... More


Being and Naughtiness

Daniel Brown

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This essay traces the ways in which Edward Lear’s limericks and other related nonsense texts proceed from word sounds and arbitrary forms to generate teasing effects of verisimilitude, giving them an ... More


The Sense and Nonsense of Weariness: Edward Lear and Gertrude Stein read Tennyson

Anna Barton

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter proposes that, for Lear, nonsense begins at home. It considers Edward Lear’s nonsense writing in the context of post-structuralist feminist theorizations of the potentially disruptive ... More


‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’, and other Poems of Love and Marriage

Daniel Karlin

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ is one of the best-known poems of love and marriage in the English language, and one of few poems by Lear to have a happy–indeed ecstatic–ending. But in two ... More


Edward Lear’s Contribution to British Psychoanalysis

Adam Phiilips

in Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198708568
eISBN:
9780191779527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter examines how Learical play was central to the twentieth-century British tradition of psychoanalysis, in particular to the work of D. W. Winnicott. What the ‘absurd’ or the ‘surreal’ were ... More


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