Dorothy Wordsworth research paper - final draft

Dorothy Wordsworth research paper - final draft - Carlson 1...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Carlson 1 Mallory Carlson ENGL 147 Professor Phipps, SJ 29 May 2006 Dorothy Wordsworth: Victim of her Time As the world continues to promote equality in all areas of modern life, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine how dramatically the conditions of one’s life would change if placed in the culture of a previous era. Most shocking however, would be the reaction of the modern woman if placed in a subservient, powerless, and extremely limited role. The increased power of the female ego seen in the modern world is fairly new, and it wasn’t too long ago, specifically the 18 th and 19 th centuries, that a woman was widely assumed to be worth, both intellectually and psychologically, less than a man. One such woman was Dorothy Wordsworth, the diarist and poet sister of the esteemed Romantic poet, William Wordsworth. Contrary to other female Romantic writers of the time, Dorothy was strangely accepting of her subservient role as a woman. Others such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Laetitia Barbauld and Mary Shelley, exhibit attitudes of frustration and intolerance towards their perceived roles as women; Dorothy however, finds comfort in her motherly role as the caretaker for every resident and guest dwelling alongside her. It is quite evident through Dorothy’s myriad journals, poems, and diaries that not only does she accept her role as a woman on a day-to-day basis, but that she adopts her feminine persona to her written work, noticeably undermining her own genius. Due to the dichotomy between the male and female ego during the Romantic Movement, Dorothy
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Carlson 2 Wordsworth’s potential as a writer was never truly realized, nor was she recognized as a talented and exquisite writer during her own lifetime. The Romantic vision was one that inspired an individual’s connection to the imaginative self, primarily through natural meditation and self-conscious thought. As political philosophies shifted more towards the democratization of society, the shift in literary thought became more inclusive, or democratic, as well. For instance, instead of the neo-classical standard of didactic, rule-implemented, bourgeois-themed literature, the writers of the Romantic era focused on the plight of the common man, the beauty of ordinary experiences and the usage of vulgar (in the old sense, meaning common), everyday language. For many Romantic writers, the sudden importance placed upon the ordinary aspects of life was aimed towards “shatter[ing] the lethargy of custom so as to refresh [one’s] sense of wonder – indeed, of divinity – in the commonplace, the trivial, and the lowly” (Abrams, Greenblatt 11). Romantic ideals stood firm on the foundation that ultimately, it is one’s imagination and creative power (as opposed to one’s reason) that brings to light the many truths of the world and of the self. Seen throughout many pieces of Romantic literature are themes that are presented through nature, symbolism, myth, or some combination of the three. Such images can be seen in the longer
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course ENGL 147 taught by Professor Phippssj,charles during the Spring '06 term at Santa Clara.

Page1 / 10

Dorothy Wordsworth research paper - final draft - Carlson 1...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online