ANALOGY in literature, GOD in literature, IMAGE of God, THEOLOGY in literature, and GENIUS in literature
This article examines the theology of the essay "Conjectures on Original Composition" in light of the poem "Night Thoughts," both by Edward Young. Topics including the use of Anglican theology, humans as the image of God, and revelation in "Night Thoughts" are discussed. Young's use of analogy, theology, and genius in his essay and their relation to "Night Thoughts" are also analyzed.
British Journal of Aesthetics. Oct2015, Vol. 55 Issue 4, p465-479. 15p.
CREATION (Literary, artistic, etc.), ORIGINALITY (Aesthetics), GENIUS, and NEOPLATONISM
Frequently quoted in the context of contemporary philosophical reflections on 'artistic creativity', Edward Young's Conjectures on Original Composition (1759) are generally read as articulating an anti-traditionalist account of genius. Against this reading, I argue that Young does not reject the value of traditional models and conventions, but rather means to insist on the artist's capacity to determine such values through her natural capacity for autonomous critical thinking. I support this claim by showing how he draws from Neo-Platonism and the experimental philosophy of Francis Bacon in order to develop what has all the appearances of a method of original composition. In the last lines of the paper, I suggest that this method may have heuristic value for the understanding of artworks as 'artistic creations' in the context of contemporary institutional theories of art. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
English Language Notes. Sep2005, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p48-59. 12p.
BELIEF & doubt, RELIGION in literature, and INCARNATION
Presents literary criticism which comments on the book "Night Thoughts" by Edward Young. Religious beliefs of Young; Criticism of author Blanford Parker on Young's religious perceptions; Depiction of kenosis in the book; Religious teachings discussed in the book.
Studies in Philology. Late Winter81, Vol. 78 Issue 1, p87. 20p.
RELIGION & literature, NEOPLATONISM, and CRITICISM
Analyzes Edward Young's arguments in the book 'Conjectures on Original Composition.' Linkage of literature and religion in Christian Neoplatonism; Young's thoughts about the status and value of literature; Young's promulgation of the moral and psychological value of composition.