Shelley's influence on the Chartist poets, with particular emphasis on Ernest Charles Jones and Thomas Cooper
Shaaban, Bouthaina (1981) Shelley's influence on the Chartist poets, with particular emphasis on Ernest Charles Jones and Thomas Cooper. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This study examines the Chartists' interest in Shelley's poetry and
accounts for it, but it takes the second point first:. Three factors
are discerned to be of prime importance in giving rise to Shelley's
reputation amongst radical Chartists. First, the Chartists' estimation
of Shelley's political philosophy as more intrinsically radical than
the mainstream of British radicalism, as exemplified by Godwin.
Second, Shelley's stands on the questions of religion, inheritance
and political reform proved to be appealing to the Chartists. Third,
and most important of all, to the Chartists Shelley was a political
poet - and poetry they saw as a principal means of moving the people.
The political arguments that permeated Shelley's poetry and the
mingling he managed between poetry and politics corresponded to the
Chartists' political thought and their advocacy of poetry as the most
apposite literary medium to serve and enhance political change.
Accordingly, Shelley was awarded a unique position in the Owenites'
and thartists' publications. He was chiefly acknowledged as a political
poet whose compositions foster the peoples' radical inclinations and
lend force to their efforts to initiate political reform. The Chartist
poet and leader, Ernest Charles Jones, read, published and quoted
Shelley on many occasions. His published and unpublished works testify
that Shelley made a strong impact on his political arguments and exerted
direct influence on much of his poetry. The other thartist poet whom
Shelley seems to have influenced is Thomas Cooper. As a great admirer
of Shelley, Cooper also read Shelley's works, published extracts from
them in his journals and delivered many lectures on Shelley's poetry
and thought. The affinities between Cooper's and Shelley's political
arguments suggest that Shelley might well have exercised a considerable
influence on Cooper's political reasoning. Moreover, the comparison
between Cooper's epic poem, The Purgatory of Suicides and Shelley's
Queen Mab leaves little room for doubt that Shelley has influenced
Cooper in this particular poem.
The main contribution to Shelley studies lies in the evidence
provided of Shelley's popularity amongst radical Chartists and the
charting of his political and literary influence on two Chartist poets:
Ernest Charles Jones and Thomas Cooper. This study should serve as an
important part of a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of Shelley's
influence on the Chrtist Movement as a whole.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822 -- Influence, Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822 -- Political and social views, Chartism, Jones, Ernest Charles, 1819-1869 -- Criticism and interpretation, Cooper, Thomas, 1805-1892 -- Criticism and interpretation|
|Official Date:||August 1981|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Bone, J. D.|
|Extent:||xii, 436 leaves|
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