1. Introduction: lyric and modern affect
cummings, 'i like my body'; 'since feeling is first'; 'i am a little church'; 'somewhere i have never travelled'
'I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity: the emotion is contemplated till, by a species of reaction, the tranquillity gradually disappears, and an emotion, kindred to that which was before the subject of contemplation, is gradually produced, and does itself actually exist in the mind.' - William Wordsworth, 1802 ‘Preface’ to the Lyrical Ballads
'The poet’s emotional signature is retained in the poem. Aristotle, in his bipartite model of the soul, places the emotions under the obedient, illogical part, reason with command and logic. Yet both parts are cognitive and partake in the logos. Thought is the efficient cause of emotion. This is why a poem’s intelligence is more moving than its heart.' - Jennifer Moxley, 'Fragments of a Broken Poetics' (2010)