The Stately and the Quixotic

  • John Beer


Given the complexity of Wordsworth’s development, it is not surprising that by 1815 his contemporaries hardly knew what to make of him. The poetry which he had written in the 1790s had in itself been unusual, standing away from the Godwinianism to which it was a response; when modified as a result of all that had happened to him in subsequent years the body of his work became, at a direct approach, still more bewildering.


Human Heart Political Cynicism Poetic Composition Faint Praise Private Symbol 
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  • John Beer
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