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Wordsworth and the Poetry of What We Are

Paul H. Fry


This book revises accepted views of William Wordsworth's motives and messages as a poet. Where others have oriented Wordsworth toward ideas of transcendence, nature worship, or—more recently—political repression, the author redirects the poems and offers a strikingly revisionary reading. He argues that underlying the rhetoric of transcendence or the love of nature in Wordsworth's poetry is a more fundamental and original insight: the poet is most astonished not that the world he experiences has any particular qualities or significance, but rather that it simply exists. He recognizes “our wides ... More

Keywords: William Wordsworth, transcendence, political repression, nature worship, astonishment, commonality, being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300126488
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300126488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul H. Fry, author