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Romantic Fiat

Demystification and Enchantment in Lyric Poetry


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction: Fiat in Lyric

    1. Eric Reid Lindstrom
      Pages 1-22
  3. Giving Commands and Letting Go

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Eric Reid Lindstrom
      Pages 25-49
    3. Eric Reid Lindstrom
      Pages 50-88
  4. Ontology and the Lyric

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Eric Reid Lindstrom
      Pages 139-167
  5. Blessing Cursing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Eric Reid Lindstrom
      Pages 196-214
    3. Eric Reid Lindstrom
      Pages 215-219
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 220-266

About this book


In the Romantic period's economics of 'fiat' money the legacy of romanticism involves absolutist gestures of verbal fiat. Focused on William Wordsworth, but in constant range of his poet-successors and modern critics, Romantic Fiat presents an argument for a double romantic signature of 'let there be' and 'let be.'


Imagination lyric Percy Bysshe Shelley poetry Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Wordsworth Wordsworth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of VermontUSA

About the authors

ERIC REID LINDSTROM is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Vermont, USA. His publications include articles in Literary Imagination and Studies in Romanticism - this is his first book.

Bibliographic information


"In the course of the volume, Lindstrom gathers an impressive number of 'let be' statements . . . From discussions of Wordsworth's 'Tintern Abbey' and 'The Old Cumberland Beggar' to Shelley's Peter Bell and Byron's Don Juan, the book accomplishes something that is all too rare in scholarship . . . the book changes what one notices in a poetry that has become all too familiar . . . I conclude with an injunction: 'do not let this book be,' by which I mean, read this book." - Studies in Romanticism