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Camping at Shelley Beach, West Cape Howe NP, WA

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 | Views [495] | Comments [1]

Camping at Shelley Beach, West Cape Howe NP, WA

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Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century identifies a pervasive cultivation of attention in eighteenth-century poetry. The book argues that a plea from a 1692 ode by William Congreve–'Let me be all, but my attention, dead'–embodies a wider aspiration in the period's poetry to explore overt themes of attention and demonstrate techniques of readerly attention. It historicizes eighteenth-century accounts of attention and pioneers a link between the period's poetry and recent discussions of attention in cognitive psychology. It contributes to the largely neglected history of a psychological trait that has assumed a recent cultural urgency, and it repositions eighteenth-century poems as a collective model for assiduous reading and supple, wide-ranging attention.

  Hardcover Oct 20, 2014 9:32 AM

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