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date: 05 June 2020

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This chapter focuses on the recycling of tropes, images, and lines from earlier poems and drafts in the later poetry, on faith and the representation of nature, and on Wordsworth’s gathering fascination with monasticism and retreat. Beginning with a consideration of the cuckoo, in poems or drafts of 1802, 1815, 1827, and 1837, the essay effects a gradual transition from the poetry of a passionate faith in nature, and shared consciousness with nature, to that recording a gathering fascination with faith and men of faith, religious places and Christian traditions. It deals primarily with ‘The Cuckoo at Laverna’ and ‘Musings near Aquapendente’ (with its recycling of lines intended for ‘Michael’), and gives some attention to ‘The Pine of Monte Mario at Rome’, ‘Airey Force Valley’, ‘Twilight by the side of Grasmere Lake’, ‘Mutability’, several ecclesiastical sketches and some ‘Evening Voluntaries’.

Keywords: monasticism, men of faith, cuckoo, Laverna, Musings near Aquapendente, mutability, evening voluntaries, Christian traditions

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