Early Reception and Influence Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Balakier, Ann Stewart and James J. Balakier. "The Addisonian Connection between James Thomson's The Seasons and Sir Isaac Newton's Principia." University of Dayton Review 19, No. 2 (Summer 1988): 69-77.

Examines the relationship between Newton's mechanics of nature, Joseph Addison's formulation of the concept of "a natural sublime," and James Thomson's The Seasons, which, the critics argue, is influenced by the work of both Newton and Addison.

John, David G. "Newton's Opticks and Brockes' Early Poetry." Orbis Litterarum 38, No. 3 (1983): 205-14.

Studies the influence of Newton's theory of light on the German poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes, demonstrating how Brockes' work reflects his general fascination with light as a scientific phenomenon and includes direct references to Opticks.

Ketcham, Michael G. "Scientific and Poetic Imagination in James Thomson's 'Poem Sacred to the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton'." Philological Quarterly 61, No. 1 (Winter 1992): 33-50.

A detailed analysis of Thomson's poem, focusing on how the form, content, and imagery used in the poem are informed by Newton's achievements.

Peterfreund, Stuart. "Power Tropes: 'The Tyger' As Enacted Critique of Newtonian Metonymic Logic and Natural Theology." New Orleans Review 18, No. 1 (Spring 1991): 27-35.

Analyzes the relationship between the logic of William Blake's "The Tyger" and that of Book III of Newton's Principia, which contains his "Rules of Reasoning in Philosophy."