William Wordsworth: The Poetry of Grandeur and of Tenderness

1st Edition

David B. Pirie

Routledge
Published November 28, 2017
Reference - 302 Pages
ISBN 9781138670228 - CAT# Y230835
Series: RLE: Wordsworth and Coleridge

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Summary

First published in 1982. In this study of Wordsworth’s major poetry, the author explores the conflict between the poet’s celebration of an impersonal earth and his concern for the most intensely personal relationships. The opening chapter concentrates on Wordsworth’s struggle to describe the natural world and the extraordinary claims he makes for the natural landscape — which are shown to derive not from vague mysticism but precisely articulated common sense. The close readings of Michael, The Idiot Boy, Tintern Abbey and The Ruined Cottage, and poems as passages on solitaries are supported by generous quotations and discussion of other critical views.

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