Abstract

Collings, "Rhyming Sensation in 'Mont Blanc'"

'Mont Blanc' anticipates the Deleuzean analysis of Kant in two key respects. It engages the sublime both on the level of its philosophical content and the mode of its articulation, drawing attention to the level of sensation in philosophical argument through its easily overlooked pattern of irregular rhyme. By dramatizing the violence of the sublime, which the embodied speaker must at once resist and accept, the poem also foregrounds a non-teleological, unresolved conflict of the faculties, effectively performing a Deleuzean intervention into the Kantian poetics of the sublime.