Wordsworth Lecture Notes Day One

Wordsworth Lecture Notes Day One - prose’ ‘poetry is...

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Seeing Into the Life of Things William Wordsworth most important book of the Romantic era: Lyrical Ballads , publ. anonymously, 1798, 1800; co-written by Wordsworth and Coleridge Coleridge = the supernatural sublime (“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Wordsworth = the world before us (“Tintern Abbey”) Jean-Jacques Rousseau ‘Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are.’ The Social Contract (1762) 1789—The French Revolution 1793—The Reign of Terror begins; France declares war on Britain Wordsworth’s Poetic Beliefs from the Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1800) ‘incidents and situations from common life’ ‘in a selection of language really used by men’ ‘the language of every good poem can in no respect differ from that of good
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Unformatted text preview: prose’ ‘poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility’ Wordsworth’s ‘Spots of Time’ There are in our existence spots of time,Which with distinct pre-eminence retain A renovating Virtue, whence, . . . our mindsAre nourished and invisibly repaired i The Prelude (Book XII, ll. 208-215) The “Lucy” Poems—“She dwelt among the untrodden ways,” “A Slumber did my spirit seal” (and others) “Tintern Abbey” Five Sections, or Verse Paragraphs: 1-22: The Return to the Scene 22-49: Seeing into the Life of Things 49-57: Apostrophe to the Wye 58-111: From Boyish Days to a Sense Sublime 111-159: all which we behold / Is full of blessings...
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