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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter examines the socialisms of the period, both ‘ideal’ and ‘practical’, in their relation to philosophical vitalism and ‘free verse’. Throughout the chapter are noted the temporal complexities that lie at the heart of this volume as a whole: D. H. Lawrence’s utopianism harks back to the rhetoric of ‘a new heaven on earth’ characteristic of early nineteenth-century millenarianism, while Wells’s version of the good society ‘brought realism and modernism together in unexpected ways’. The arguments further suggest that questions of literary form and style connect in the most profound ways to those of ideology, culture, and ways of living.

Keywords: socialism, vitalism, free verse, utopianism, Wells, Lawrence

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