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By Kerry McSweeney

McSweeney discusses the sensory acuity that trained Wordsworth's, Coleridge's, Thoreau's, Whitman's, and Dickinson's most interesting achievements after which, whilst blunted through ailment or age, contributed to an attenuation in their artistic energy. He provides a "sensory profile" or sensory background for every writer and during shut readings exhibits how this profile affected their courting to the exterior international and their powers of symbolic conception. utilizing views gleaned from the poets themselves and an realizing of the physiological flooring of conception, McSweeney establishes a compelling theoretical foundation for his strategy. In transparent and chic prose, he reports the actual foundation for classy plenitude - resembling the sensory manifold of synaesthesia - not just within the Romantic writers pointed out above but in addition in Victorian poets, Hopkins and Tennyson.

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