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Victorian poetry, textual editing


Describes the characteristic ways in which the Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861) wrote and revised his poetry, arguing that Clough's most creative works came when his revision pattern diverged from his original idea, rather than refining it (converging), and explores the implications of Clough's divergent composition method for the editing of his major poems, including "Adam and Eve" ("The Mystery of the Fall") and "Dipsychus." Originally presented at the Textual and Bibliographical Studies section of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, October 1982.


Patrick Scott, "Divergent Composition Patterns and Editorial Problems in Clough's Poetry," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1982; (c) Patrick Scott, 1982.