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Experiencing Revolution

Howard Erskine-Hill

in Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121770
eISBN:
9780191671296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121770.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Wordsworth's decision to include his French experience in The Prelude was one of the most momentous of his literary career, comparable to Milton's decision in the year of Oliver Cromwell's death to ... More


Wordsworth

Morton D. Paley

in Apocalypse and Millenium in English Romantic Poetry

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199262175
eISBN:
9780191698828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262175.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter examines the interpretation and explanation of the topics of apocalypse and millennium in the works of English Romantic poet William Wordsworth. In his The Prelude, Wordsworth opened the ... More


Wordsworth and the Conception of The Prelude

Howard Erskine-Hill

in Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121770
eISBN:
9780191671296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121770.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The early episodes of the 1799 The Prelude are not political (nor a-political), but prepolitical. They are physical experiences, sporting activities, but with spiritual and moral awareness growing ... More


‘A Strong Confusion’: Coleridge's Presence in The Prelude

Lucy Newlyn

in Coleridge, Wordsworth and the Language of Allusion

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199242597
eISBN:
9780191697142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242597.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Wordsworth's triumph in The Prelude rests not just on his inability to write The Recluse, but on his refusal to do so. And if he succeeds in asserting his independence, he must accept the guilt ... More


‘Strength in what Remains Behind’: Wordsworth and the Last of the Race

Fiona J. Stafford

in The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112228
eISBN:
9780191670718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

William Wordsworth has a different way of presenting the myth of the last of the race compared to James Macpherson and William Cowper. In Wordsworth's works, the myth no longer shows despair but ... More


Wordsworthian Love

Seth T. Reno

in Amorous Aesthetics: Intellectual Love in Romantic Poetry and Poetics, 1788-1853

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781786940834
eISBN:
9781789623185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786940834.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter establishes the seminal foundation of Romantic intellectual love in the early poetry of William Wordsworth. I take as a starting point Wordsworth’s emphasis on ‘intellectual love’ as ... More


‘Was it for This …?’: War and Poetic Identity in the Writings of Southey and Poetic Identity in the Writings of Southey and Wordsworth, 1793–1802

Simon Bainbridge

in British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187585
eISBN:
9780191718922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187585.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter discusses the war and poetic identity in the writings of Robert Southey and Wordsworth. In Southey's blank-verse poem, ‘History,’ he asks himself the repeated question ‘Was it for ... More


‘Europe was Rejoiced’: Responses to Revolution, 1789–1791

Nicholas Roe

in Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119692
eISBN:
9780191671197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119692.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In The Prelude, William Wordsworth says he had ‘looked upon’ events in France, but if he was ‘distanced’ he was not wholly uninformed. In 1790, he witnessed the first anniversary of the Revolution ... More


Medleys

Matthew Bevis

in Wordsworth's Fun

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226652054
eISBN:
9780226652221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226652221.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

As previous chapters have shown, it’s not so much that “The Idiot Boy” is simply comic and “The Thorn” simply tragic, but that each poem--like The Prelude itself--is a medley. For all the differences ... More


Geometric Science and Romantic History: or Wordsworth, Newton, and the Slave-Trade

Mary Jacobus

in Romanticism Writing and Sexual Difference: Essays on The Prelude

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129691
eISBN:
9780191671845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129691.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses and traces the repressed relationship between the emergence of the Romantic individual and the slave-trade in order to raise questions about Romantic history. This chapter ... More


Lord Byron reads The Prelude

Kenneth R. Johnston

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Daring to imagine Wordsworth’s Prelude published ‘not long after he first finished it’ in May 1805 – rather than posthumously in 1850 – this chapter speculates on the effects on younger writers of ... More


“To The Great Ends Of Liberty And Power”: Community And The Problem Of Sovereignty In Wordsworth's Prelude

Kir Kuiken

in Imagined Sovereignties: Toward a New Political Romanticism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257676
eISBN:
9780823261758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257676.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter explores how William Wordsworth, in his epic autobiographical poem the Prelude, explores the relation between the imagination of the autonomous subject, and its entrance into an ... More


Romanticism Writing and Sexual Difference: Essays on The Prelude

Mary Jacobus

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129691
eISBN:
9780191671845
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129691.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Criticism/Theory

A re-reading of The Prelude in the light of post-structuralist and feminist theory, this book is the first major study of The Prelude. Beginning with a Romantic autobiography, theatrical politics, ... More


Epilogue: Daring to Hope

Nicholas Roe

in Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119692
eISBN:
9780191671197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119692.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In ‘Tintern Abbey’, as later in The Prelude, the fructifying treason of memory ‘augurs well’ for times to come, enabling William Wordsworth to confront human suffering and vicissitude with a ... More


Epilogue

Howard Erskine-Hill

in Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121770
eISBN:
9780191671296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121770.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. This book's aim was not aimed to explore the pure state poem, but rather to explore those more complex works in which political moments, aspects, and ... More


Genre, Gender, and Autobiography: Vaudracour and Julia

Mary Jacobus

in Romanticism Writing and Sexual Difference: Essays on The Prelude

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129691
eISBN:
9780191671845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129691.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the Vaudracour and the Julia episode in terms of the intersection of genre and gender in The Prelude. In this chapter, the question of what The Prelude has to do with sexual ... More


The Temple of Health and Hymen

Peter Otto

in Multiplying Worlds: Romanticism, Modernity, and the Emergence of Virtual Reality

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199567676
eISBN:
9780191725364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567676.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Taking its cue from Wordsworth's description of London in Book VII of The Prelude, this chapter places James Graham, along with the artist and scientist, within the unprecedented commercial and ... More


Living Theatres

Peter Otto

in Multiplying Worlds: Romanticism, Modernity, and the Emergence of Virtual Reality

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199567676
eISBN:
9780191725364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567676.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Although Wordsworth is the most influential poet of the Romantic era, his role in the development of modern concepts of virtuality has yet to be explored. Where Blake hopes to transform the actual by ... More


The Writing on the Wall: Autobiography and Self-Inscription in The Prelude

Mary Jacobus

in Romanticism Writing and Sexual Difference: Essays on The Prelude

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129691
eISBN:
9780191671845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129691.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses Romantic autobiography which is predicated on the impossibility and the unreadability. Discussed in this chapter are the works and writings of Wordsworth's The Prelude with ... More


Individual Sovereignty and Community: Wordsworth’s Prelude

Zoe Beenstock

in The Politics of Romanticism: The Social Contract and Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474401036
eISBN:
9781474422147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401036.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Wordsworth understood poetry as a development of political economy. The 1805 Prelude describes his personal growth as a transition from a state of nature to society. Echoing Rousseau’s Second ... More


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