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Negotiations of tradition in James Thomson’s Winter (1726–1744)

(2012) ENGLISH STUDIES. 93(6). p.668-682
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The first-edition variant of James Thomson’s Winter (1726) is centrally preoccupied with the original interpretation and reworking of the literary past, specifically the epic work of Milton. An examination of the “High Converse with the Mighty Dead” passage, its revision process, and a comprehensive study of paratextual material, including the “Preface” to the second edition of Winter and Thomson’s correspondence, provides unique insights into the poet’s earliest poetics. Acutely aware of the destabilisation of the epic genre, Thomson establishes a generic transvaluation of the epic conventions and aesthetics into the modally hybrid realm of the contemplatively musing and the sublime, at the same time fashioning his distinct version of the descriptive long poem. Through this process of epic modulation and a comprehensive consideration of the literary tradition, Thomson creates an intricate and dynamic structure of external nature descriptions and internal reflective passages, thus evoking the sublime qualities of Winter and bringing about an imaginative, enthusiastic rhapsody which results in a meditation on the divine presence in the works of nature.
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SEASONS, 'WINTER'

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Van De Walle, Kwinten. “Negotiations of Tradition in James Thomson’s Winter (1726–1744).” ENGLISH STUDIES 93.6 (2012): 668–682. Print.
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Van De Walle, K. (2012). Negotiations of tradition in James Thomson’s Winter (1726–1744). ENGLISH STUDIES, 93(6), 668–682.
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Van De Walle, Kwinten. 2012. “Negotiations of Tradition in James Thomson’s Winter (1726–1744).” English Studies 93 (6): 668–682.
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Van De Walle, Kwinten. 2012. “Negotiations of Tradition in James Thomson’s Winter (1726–1744).” English Studies 93 (6): 668–682.
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Van De Walle K. Negotiations of tradition in James Thomson’s Winter (1726–1744). ENGLISH STUDIES. 2012;93(6):668–82.
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K. Van De Walle, “Negotiations of tradition in James Thomson’s Winter (1726–1744),” ENGLISH STUDIES, vol. 93, no. 6, pp. 668–682, 2012.
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  abstract     = {The first-edition variant of James Thomson’s Winter (1726) is centrally preoccupied with the original interpretation and reworking of the literary past, specifically the epic work of Milton. An examination of the “High Converse with the Mighty Dead” passage, its revision process, and a comprehensive study of paratextual material, including the “Preface” to the second edition of Winter and Thomson’s correspondence, provides unique insights into the poet’s earliest poetics. Acutely aware of the destabilisation of the epic genre, Thomson establishes a generic transvaluation of the epic conventions and aesthetics into the modally hybrid realm of the contemplatively musing and the sublime, at the same time fashioning his distinct version of the descriptive long poem. Through this process of epic modulation and a comprehensive consideration of the literary tradition, Thomson creates an intricate and dynamic structure of external nature descriptions and internal reflective passages, thus evoking the sublime qualities of Winter and bringing about an imaginative, enthusiastic rhapsody which results in a meditation on the divine presence in the works of nature.},
  author       = {Van De Walle, Kwinten},
  issn         = {0013-838X},
  journal      = {ENGLISH STUDIES},
  keywords     = {SEASONS,'WINTER'},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {668--682},
  title        = {Negotiations of tradition in James Thomson’s Winter (1726–1744)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0013838X.2012.668312},
  volume       = {93},
  year         = {2012},
}

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