8-25 lecture Wordsworth

8-25 lecture Wordsworth - Back to Goldsmith, The Deserted...

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Past involved “wealth” of community, natural cycle --Visions of the past: harmony, community, charity, small joys, lack of desire for more : preacher ll. 143-48 --detailed portrait of abandoned local tavern; clock as marker of change (l. 228) Contrast with the unnatural “pleasures” of luxury ll. 259-264 --Interrogates very idea of “wealth”: what is a rich country? --Ties disparity of rich and poor to the Fall, using image of a fallen woman (ll. 325-36) and “masquerade” --the city as the nexus of all these disparities and contrasts What do we make of lines 341-62? What landscape is this? --allusions to overseas trade --imagined “jungle” of city --Stresses luxury as a profoundly unnatural thing: “sickly greatness,” “florid vigor,” “bloated mass” (ll. 389-91); the country “a garden and a grave” (l. 302) --Locates authenticity in past country traditions—and poetry too: among the “rural virtues” that depart in “these degenerate times of shame” (ll. 398, 409). --No place for poetry—at least not the old kinds of poetry
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENGL 283 taught by Professor Geiskes during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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8-25 lecture Wordsworth - Back to Goldsmith, The Deserted...

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