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A. C. Swinburne's "Hymn to Proserpine": The Work Sheets

Robert Peters
PMLA
Vol. 83, No. 5 (Oct., 1968), pp. 1400-1406
DOI: 10.2307/1261312
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1261312
Page Count: 7
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A. C. Swinburne's "Hymn to Proserpine": The Work Sheets
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Abstract

Recently discovered work sheets for Swinburne's "Hymn to Proserpine" (1866) reveal that the central wave image, foreshadowing the later symbolists and imagists, was wrought by Swinburne with extreme care. Through a careful pruning and a suppression of the simile in favor of metaphor, Swinburne built this passage of eighteen lines so that effects accumulate, distilling his themes of power, fear, evil, and transcendent time with considerable symbolic force.

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