Epilogue: ‘It is strange.’

  • Joseph Crawford
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


Using Browning’s poems ‘Cleon’ and ‘An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish’, this epilogue sums up the ways in which the new medical psychology of the early nineteenth century led to a shift in the understanding of poetic inspiration, and discusses what spaces, if any, remained for genuine visionary experience within the new ‘medico-psychological’ paradigm of the period.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Crawford
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUK

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