Studies in the Literary Imagination; Spring2013, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p1-18, 18p
EMOTIVE (Linguistics), HUMAN body in literature, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, REVISION (Writing process), and WOMEN in poetry
A poetry criticism is presented for the poem "The Seasons" written by Scottish poet James Thomson. Topics discussed include the author's contention that the poem acts like a physical body and reacts like the affective, emotional, bodies that are in the poem. The poem's sentimental aspects, the revisions to the poem by Thomson, and the influence women in Thomson's life potentially had on the women depicted in the poem.
SEL: Studies in English Literature (Johns Hopkins); Summer2012, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p585-608, 24p
SENTIMENTALISM in literature, LITERATURE translations, SYMPATHY in literature, and DISTRESS (Psychology) in literature
The article presents poetry criticism of the poem "The Iliad," written by Homer and translated by Alexander Pope. Particular focus is given to the role of sentimentality in Pope's translation. According to the author, scholars have mischaracterized Pope as being hostile to literary sentimentalism. It is suggested that in emphasizing feelings of sympathy and distress in his translation, he was reflecting 18th-century values onto the poem.
Studies in Romanticism; Fall2011, Vol. 50 Issue 3, p437-473, 37p
POETRY (Literary form) -- History & criticism, 18TH century English poetry -- History & criticism, ROMANTICISM in literature, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, and ENGLISH women poets
The article offers criticism on poetry by English Romantic poet Charlotte Smith, including the poetry collections "Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems" and "The Emigrants." The author focuses on femininity and the sentimental in Smith's poetry and discusses her role in the style of Romanticism. The author also discusses Smith as a woman poet and analyzes specific poems including "Sonnet I," "Sonnet 27," and "Sonnet 44."
POETRY (Literary form) -- History & criticism, SENTIMENTALISM in literature, DEATH in literature, CHILD death, and 19TH century American poetry -- History & criticism
The article presents criticism of the poem "Resignation," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The author discusses sentimentality and sentimentalism in Longfellow's poetry. Topics addressed include the death of Longfellow's daughter Fanny and references to her death in his poetry, "Resignation" as a consolation poem read at funerals, and imagery of dead children in the poem.