In this work William Ulmer boldly advances our understanding of Shelleys concept of love by exploring eros as a figure for the poets political and artistic aspirations. Applying a combination of deconstructive, historicist, and psychoanalyticMoreIn this work William Ulmer boldly advances our understanding of Shelleys concept of love by exploring eros as a figure for the poets political and artistic aspirations. Applying a combination of deconstructive, historicist, and psychoanalytic approaches to six major poems, Ulmer follows the logic of the writings rhetoric of love by tracing links between such elements as imagination, eros, metaphor, allegory, mirroring, repetition, death, and narcissism.
Ulmer takes the mutual desire of self and antitype as a paradigm for rhetorical and social relations throughout Shelley and, in a significant departure from critical consensus, argues that his poetics were predominantly idealist.Ulmer demonstrates how the idealism of Shelleyan eros centers on a symbiosis of contraries organized as a dialectical variation of metaphor. In so doing, he contends that this idealism is both a rhetorical construct and revolutionary agency, and traces the failure of Shelleys visionary humanism to the gradual emergence of contradictions latent in his idealism.
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