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Orpheus in the city

Daniel Karlin

in Street Songs: Writers and urban songs and cries, 1800-1925

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198792352
eISBN:
9780191834363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792352.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, World Literature

Chapter 1 begins with a primal myth transposed to the city. William Wordsworth’s ‘Power of Music’ represents street music as an unqualified blessing: in proclaiming his fiddler ‘An Orpheus!’, the ... More


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