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A Poet’s History


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Keith Hanley
    Pages 33-66
  3. Keith Hanley
    Pages 67-112
  4. Keith Hanley
    Pages 113-149
  5. Keith Hanley
    Pages 150-192
  6. Keith Hanley
    Pages 193-237
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 238-264

About this book


Wordsworth: A Poet's History examines the range of Wordsworth's poetry and criticism over the course of his career. It examines the writer and his works against the backdrop of revolutionary history, public, personal as well as political. The study foregrounds the ways in which Wordsworth's account of 'self-representation in poetic language' coils around and recoils from the linguistic traumas excited by the French Revolution. The book also examines Wordsworth's patriotism and the evolution of this as demonstrated in his poetry.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityUK

About the authors

KEITH HANLEY is Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, where he has directed The Wordsworth Centre since 1989. He is co-editor, with Greg Kucich, of the interdisciplinary journal Nineteenth-Century Contexts and the book series Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies.

Bibliographic information


Hanley, although his writing is strained at times, is straightforward and engaging in setting his strategy. The Wordsworth Circle