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Wordsworth and the Poetry of What We Are$
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Paul H. Fry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300126488

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300126488.001.0001

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Intimations Revisited: From the Crisis Lyrics to Wordsworth in 1817

Intimations Revisited: From the Crisis Lyrics to Wordsworth in 1817

(p.176) 9 Intimations Revisited: From the Crisis Lyrics to Wordsworth in 1817
Wordsworth and the Poetry of What We Are

Paul H. Fry

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses four of William Wordsworth's poems: “Tintern Abbey”, the Intimations Ode, “Resolution and Independence” and “Peele Castle” as poems that all recalling a single poem. These four, considered to be variants on the Conversation Poem, are often called crisis lyrics. The question that surrounds these poems is: how can these crisis lyrics about paradise lost be understood in relation to the unique reorientation of the human to the natural in Wordsworth? All of these poems contain a certain sense of compensation for a loss. What the chapter aims to argue, however, is that despite the changes in vocabulary and context, when viewed from a certain angle, all these poems reflect Wordsworth's fundamental insight. And so when Wordsworth returned to these poems in 1817, he recognizes what the earlier poems had evasively disclosed.

Keywords:   William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey, Intimations Ode, Resolution and Independence, Peele Castle, Conversation Poem, crisis lyrics, paradise lost, compensation

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