- Hardcover: 203 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2005 edition (November 29, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1403941726
- ISBN-13: 978-1403941725
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,935,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pope and Berkeley: The Language of Poetry and Philosophy 2005th Edition
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' ... combines philosophy and poetical theory and history to answer the question from An Essay on Criticism about how it might be possible for the sound to echo the sense ... Jones looks at contemporary linguistic theory to contextualize the arguments and techniques of Pope's poem. He reviews the existing evidence on the friendship between and interinfluence between Pope and George Berkeley; outlines Pope's readings in linguistics, from Locke and Plato's Cratylus, to Michel de Montaigne, Thomas Hobbes, and Bayle ... Jones's study is particularly useful because too often both philosophy and poetry are treated in separate vacuums.'
Professor Cynthia Wall (University of Virginia), 'Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 46:3 (Summer 2006), 657-733, p. 689.
'In this fascinating study Tom Jones makes a case for recognising George Berkeley as a significant influence on Pope's thought. He challenges the common assumption that although the poet admired Berkeley as a human being he was unsympathetic to his ideas - an assumption deliberately fostered, Jones suggests, by those guardians of Pope's posthumous reputation, Bolingbroke and Warburton. The book is explicatory in its approach, placing Berkeley's idealist version of empiricism in context and summarising helpfully as it goes. '
Professor David Fairer (University of Leeds), Forum for Modern Language Studies, 42:4 (October 2006), 464-5, pp. 464-5.
About the Author
TOM JONES teaches Eighteenth-century literature and literary theory in the University of St. Andrews. He has published articles on Pope's reading in classical and modern philosophy.
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