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Mari Magno, Dipsychus, and Other Poems

Arthur Hugh Clough

Edited by Anthony Kenny

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ISBN: 978 1 847774 55 2
Categories: 19th Century, British
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • ‘The true haunts of the poetic powers,’ Arthur Hugh Clough wrote to his friend Matthew Arnold, ‘are no more upon Pindus or Parnassus but in the blank and desolate streets, and upon the solitary bridges of the midnight city, where Guilt is, and wild Temptation'. Clough explores the theme of temptation, and the question of how a young man should live, in his dramatic poem Dipsychus, a Faustian dialogue in which is staged, in Clough's words, 'the conflict between the tender conscience and the world'. Mari Magno, written in the last years of Clough’s life and drawing on his own travels in Europe as he attempted to recover his health, is a modern Canterbury Tales: a group passengers on a transatlantic crossing exchange tales about love, exploring the various motives for marriage and the consequences that may follow. This Book sets these two unfinished masterpieces alongside a selection of Clough's shorter poems. In his introduction, Anthony Kenny provides a wealth of detail about the textual history and autobiographical contexts of the poems included here.

     




    Arthur Hugh Clough
    Arthur Clough was born in Liverpool to James Butler Clough, a cotton merchant of Welsh descent, and Anne Perfect, from Pontefract in Yorkshire. In 1822 the family moved to the United States, and Clough's early childhood was spent mainly in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the devoted assistant to Florence Nightingale ... read more
    Anthony Kenny
    Sir Anthony Kenny is an English philosopher. He is a former President of the British Academy and Royal Institute of Philosophy. ... read more
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