Narrative and Lyrical Geographies

Part of the Romanticism in Perspective: Texts, Cultures, Histories book series (ROPTCH)


One of the primary problems that Wordsworth faced when configuring the Vale of Grasmere as a utopia was that on the actual social, economic and political landscape of England, the boundaries surrounding the Vale were already too breachable for him to imagine the region as at once related to and distinct from the world that surrounded it. The social, economic and political conflicts of the surrounding world already reached deeply into the Vale and disrupted his attempts to configure the region as a better alternative to it.1 He explores the disruptions in narrative and lyrical poems that he wrote in the last years of the eighteenth century, and I focus on these poems in this chapter.


Eighteenth Century Lake District Pastoral Site Social Landscape Distant Land 
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