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The Enchafed Flood or the Romantic Iconography of the Sea Paperback – 2 Sep 1985

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New edition edition (2 Sept. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571136710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571136711
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 1998
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Magnificent. Very brief and very full - A quick read promising many delighted and fruitful re-readings. Three essays at characterizing the Romantic revolution in sensibility - which is I guess I must mention the revolution in which you and I are now fighting - through the ways the early revolutionaries wrote about the sea, especially Melville. Auden's three chapters are: The Sea and the Desert, The Stone and the Shell, and Ishmael-Quixote: Auden lets a brief narrative in Wordsworth introduce the three symbols - The Sea for ideal location, the sounding-shell of Poetry for ideal vocation, and biblical Ishmael for ideal man - which lead us through the works of the Romantics up to Auden's commanding treatment of Moby Dick. This book is not merely for adulants of "Moby Dick," however (nor of Auden's own long poem, "The Sea and the Mirror," for which it is essential reading): This book speaks of our time and our SOULS in what I must consider a terribly daring style, creating incredible richness from dutifully accepted restrictions of scope - much, I must quite preciously add, like what we know of Auden's own life. A gateway for the semi-literate into an entire age of Western literature, a new doorway into our souls left largely unused for decades. The place whence Camille Paglia pinched her entire chapter on Melville. Also an indispensible sourcebook for understanding Frank Black's first album. Pick it up and read!
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