Lecture Notes—Wordsworth’s

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Lecture Notes—Wordsworth’s “Intimations” Ode Wordsworth was one of the older generation of the Romantics, and also a “Lake Poet.” This refers to the “Lake District” in northern England. Wordsworth lived there for a while with his sister Dorothy, and thought it one of the most beautiful places on earth. Two other “Lakers” were Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey. the epigraph to the “Intimations” Ode comes from Wordsworth’s own poem, “My Heart Leaps Up”. definition of epigraph, from the appendix to your anthology: epigraph: (Greek ‘inscription’) any formal statement inscribed on stone; also the brief formulation on a book’s title page, or a quotation at the beginning of a poem, introducing the work’s themes in the most compressed form possible What makes this an ode? What does he mean by “intimations”? by “immortality”?
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Unformatted text preview: What, finally, is he talking about here? Is this a poem about growing up, or growing old? An “ode” is a serious lyric. If forced to choose, we’d call this a Pindaric ode, for it has an elevated, ambitious tone, and varied stanzas. Its 11 stanzas were written in two stages: first four, then seven more. song-like, with wonderfully unpredictable shifts in rhythm, subject matter, imagery arc of poem: crisis, loss, realization, integration While Tintern Abbey spoke of “the still, sad music of humanity,” this poem contents itself with the fact that such music is all we have, in the end. The ‘heresy of paraphrase’: the belief that all fine expression (especially poetry) resists translation into different (especially simpler ) language a poem isn’t its “content,” but rather the sum total of what it does to and for us...
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