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Criticism and History

In The Beauty of Inflections, Jerome J. McGann sounds a compelling call for "socio-historical" criticism of literature. His book addresses Keats, Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade," and the poetry and religious beliefs of Christina Rossetti, with concluding chapters on Byron, Crabbe, and "the significance of Rome" for Romantic writers.