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William Wordsworth’s Golden Age Theories during the Industrial Revolution in England, 1750–1850

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Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mark Keay
    Pages 1-20
  3. Mark Keay
    Pages 21-49
  4. Mark Keay
    Pages 50-67
  5. Mark Keay
    Pages 68-127
  6. Mark Keay
    Pages 128-154
  7. Mark Keay
    Pages 155-198
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 199-295

About this book


Wordsworth's romantic critique of industrial life and society was backward-looking. His 'Golden Age ideal' of pastoral life and rural relationships falls within the scope of English 'populism' as found among the middle ranks of small independent producers and their idealogues. Furthermore his rural education and up-bringing in the remote North of England explain his long-term shift from radical and whig reformer to tory placeman in the years 1789 to 1832 as well as his relative demise as a poet.


England industrial revolution poem William Wordsworth

About the authors

MARK KEAY is a freelance historian and biographer. He received a postgraduate award scholarship from the School of Australian and International Studies at Deakin University, Geelong, to research 'Golden Age theories' both in Modern English History and Literature.

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