Abstract and Keywords
This chapter offers readings of Wordsworth’s most famous lyric, and a highly characteristic piece of blank verse which he regarded as one of his best poems ‘for the imaginative power displayed’. Both are classified as ‘Poems of Imagination’, and both (characteristically) are the product of some years of vision and revision. One is the product of Wordsworth’s domestic household, arising from his sister’s journal entry and containing lines by his wife, yet exploratory of philosophies of mind from Locke to Fichte. The other is marbled with cultural history; Roman, Celtic and mediaeval. Both are in dialogue with other poets past or present.
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