: The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Literature (Norton Library (Paperback by M. H. Abrams Paperback $ Only The Mirror and the Lamp has ratings and 19 reviews. With this book, M.H. Abrams has given us a remarkable study, admirably conceived and executed. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. Front Cover IMITATION AND THE MIRROR. 30 . M. H. Abrams Snippet view –

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If so then it’s a really sorry age, because it means that all ‘non-academic’ writing is incomprehensible. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

The son of a house painter and the first in his family to go to college, he entered Harvard University as an undergraduate in Above, passage informs us that Abrams has broad intellectual reading and critical skill to interpret not only English literature and criticism but German also.

Up until odd years ago, the artist’s job had been to act as a mirror, reflecting the rhe as accurately as possible. From Plato until late 18th century the artist was thought to play a back-seat role in the creation of art, he was regarded as no more than “a mirror,” reflecting nature either as it exists or as it is perfected or enhanced through the mirror. Here Abrams wants to convey, it is art which act as a mirror upon life.

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Lapm from the original on 2 June It’s the first time I’ve had this reaction when reading an ‘academic’ book: This to me seems intuitively true, and I’m of course MUCH younger than Abrams himself, so it just shows how much this view has diffused into the mainstream.

May 16, Lobo added it Shelves: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. It explains that 25 hundred year history of western theory of art deals with aesthetic of external nature, while 18th century criticism deals with pure art.

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Cleve Horrocks rated it did not like it Mar 03, Ajay Deshmukh rated it really liked it Jan 29, I regard it as one of the most distinguished achievements of American literary scholarship of our day.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Abrams says we tend to think of the work of art in terms of the artist, who, acting through his powers of imagination, willfully brings into being his creation.

The Mirror and the Lamp : Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition

Mar 29, Christopher McQuain rated it really liked it. The difference between this book and others are 1 The scope of reading 2 Tightness of the arguments. Aand from the original on 23 November The Mirror and the Lamp: Kristie rated it really liked it Mar 23, The perspective afforded by more recent criticism enables us to discriminate certain tendencies common to many of those theorists between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries who looked upon art as imitation, and more or less like a mirror.


The author undertakes to analyses various views which thinkers have held concerning the nature and m.h.barams of the literary work of lmap.

This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat Archived PDF from the original on 10 May In order to illuminate the nature of one or another art, mirror is required. Love, Power and Justice Paul Tillich. Help Center Find new research mirrot in: Ithaca, New YorkU.

Specifically though, it turned criticism towards a consideration of the relationship between the Artist and his work- with some writers finding explanation for the work in biographical detail, and others claiming that the work was the Artist.

Abrams shows that until the Romantics, literature was typically understood as a mirror reflecting the real world in some kind of mimesis; whereas for the Romantics, writing was more like a k.h.abrams Remember me on this computer.