Personification and the Sublime: Milton to Coleridge

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Eighteenth-century and Romantic readers had a peculiar habit of calling personified abstractions "sublime." This has always seemed mysterious, since the same readers so often expressed a feeling that there was something wrong with turning ideas into people--or, worse, turning people into ideas. In this wide-ranging, carefully argued study, Knapp explains the connection between personification and the aesthetics of the sublime.

Personification and the Sublime: Milton to Coleridge 1985, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674663206

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