The Life of William Wordsworth: A Critical Biography (Wiley Blackwell Critical Biographies)

By John Worthen

By analyzing the kinfolk and fiscal situations of Wordsworth’s early years, this illuminating biography reshapes our figuring out of the nice Romantic poet’s so much artistic interval of lifestyles and writing.


  • Features new study into Wordsworth’s monetary state of affairs, and into how the poet and his kin survived financially
  • Offers a brand new figuring out of the function of his nice unwritten poem ‘The Recluse’
  • Presents a brand new evaluate of the connection among Wordsworth and Coleridge

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CL i. 412. CL i. 412. Turner, Wordsworth: Play and Politics, p. a hundred thirty five; WL i. 588; WP i. 117; LB 350:1–351:61. FN 2. “I have purely so as to add that during the Spring of 1841 I revisited Goodrich citadel, no longer having noticeable that a part of the Wye given that I met the little woman there in 1793 [WW and DW had although long past there in July 1798] . . . regrettably, i didn't even recognize her identify” (FN 4). Hartman, Wordsworth’s Poetry, p. a hundred forty five. within the “Advertisement” further to the book’s first printing (WP i. 116–17). Woof 697. WL v. 400–1; WLMS 13/3 [September three, 1836], “currently” within the previous experience “smoothly, fluently, without difficulty. ” Turner, Wordsworth: Play and Politics, p. 138; “The Task,” the duty and different Poems (1785), booklet I, ll. 556, 552. WL i. 222–3. FN 15; “Lines written a couple of Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye in the course of a journey, July thirteen, 1798. ” only a few WW poems have been built with dates, yet STC’s poems frequently had them, e. g. “Religious Musings. A Desultory Poem. Written at the Christmas Eve of 1794” and – so much lately – “Fears in Solitude: Written in April 1798. ” WW’s personal brief shape for “Tintern Abbey” was once “On Revisiting the Wye” (LB ESE, 1800, i. [215]). Roe issues out that accurately “five years” ahead of July thirteen, 1798 happened the executions within the infamous Léonard Bourdon case, with their attainable “traumatic impact” on WW (see Cambridge significant other to Wordsworth, ed. Gill, pp. 201–10); July thirteen used to be additionally the day WW and Jones landed in Calais in 1790. in line with the 3 divisions of the outdated (1601) negative legislations: “Idle and Disorderly Persons,” “Rogues and Vagabonds,” “Incorrigible Rogues. ” WL i. 219. See besides the fact that LB 116:n19/20. An “advertisement” used to be “a notification, a ‘notice’. Obs. or Arch. ” (OED 4). References to the enterprise of T. Longman (at assorted occasions Longman and Rees, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown & eco-friendly, and so forth. ) are simplified to “Longman”; WL i. 226. WLMS 2/9; WL i. 232: “I don't but recognize what's turn into of my poems, that's, who's their writer. It was once unsure while I got here off . . . ” See WL i. 675. 171 Lyrical Ballads 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. WP i. 116. WP i. 116. WP i. 116. WW observed a part of the evaluate (“Southey’s Thalaba,” Edinburgh overview, October 1802, p. sixty five) and commented: “the Fellow used to be a Blockhead and knew not anything concerning the enterprise” (WL i. 432). Woof 154–6; WL viii. eleven. Berkeley Coleridge might die on February 10, 1799, whereas STC used to be in Germany. See DWJ i. 19–34. “My Bror Willm Memorandum,” WLMS 2/8 (WL i. 228); Sotheby’s long island, Lot sixty nine, June 17, 2011. 172 10 Hamburg to the Harz 1798 If we think the Wordsworths from the point of view in their brother Richard, their journey to Germany should have appeared particularly a good suggestion. They meant studying translation abilities that will cause them to financially self sufficient, and – whereas doing so – may stay (interest unfastened) on somebody else’s funds, as the Wedgwoods, through their German company brokers, have been ready to lend them cash whereas they have been out of the country. And by the point the Wordsworths obtained again, a great deal of capital must have collected from the Montagu and Douglas payments.

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