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Negative Spring

Crisis Imagery in the Works of Brentano, Lenau, Rilke, and T.S. Eliot


David B. Dickens

Contents: 17th-century origins of «negative spring»; its appearance in works by Brentano, Lenau, Rilke, and T. S. Eliot. Is there a conscious tradition behind the attitude or are similar formulations in various poets' works merely similar subconscious responses? This book is the first to examine this attitude in depth and to regard it as more than isolated individual phenomena.