The Mirror and the Lamp by Meyer Howard Abrams

"The Mirror and the Lamp" is a comprehensive analysis of the Romantic theory of literature. The book explores the shift in focus from the neoclassical concept of mimesis, or art as a mirror reflecting the real world, to the Romantic emphasis on the artist's inner world, comparing it to a lamp projecting its light outward. It delves into the four main elements of the Romantic aesthetic: the artist, the work of art, nature, and the audience, providing a detailed examination of the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of Romantic literature.

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