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Richard Aldington's Images , the Metropolis, and the Masses

Richard Aldington's Images , the Metropolis, and the Masses <jats:p> Richard Aldington's city poems in the latter part of his 1915 collection Images are concerned with the masses who inhabit the modern city. Aldington is at pains to stress his distinction from those he perceives as an increasingly homogenized crowd. This paper examines the literary, linguistic and rhetorical strategies by which Aldington ‘others’ the masses, and sets them in the context of contemporary studies of the crowd, focusing on the work of Gustave Le Bon and C. F. G. Masterman. Aldington's poetry is a product of the environment he sees as unsatisfactory, but he searches for solutions in a range of literary traditions which write the city. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Richard Aldington's Images , the Metropolis, and the Masses

Modernist Cultures , Volume 9 (2): 260 – Oct 1, 2014

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2014
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/mod.2014.0086
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Abstract

<jats:p> Richard Aldington's city poems in the latter part of his 1915 collection Images are concerned with the masses who inhabit the modern city. Aldington is at pains to stress his distinction from those he perceives as an increasingly homogenized crowd. This paper examines the literary, linguistic and rhetorical strategies by which Aldington ‘others’ the masses, and sets them in the context of contemporary studies of the crowd, focusing on the work of Gustave Le Bon and C. F. G. Masterman. Aldington's poetry is a product of the environment he sees as unsatisfactory, but he searches for solutions in a range of literary traditions which write the city. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2014

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