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Wordsworth : An Inner Life - Duncan Wu


An Inner Life

By: Duncan Wu

Hardcover Published: 16th January 2002
ISBN: 9780631206385
Number Of Pages: 400

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From his work editing Wordsworth's Juvenile Poetry (1785-1790), Duncan Wu came to understand that much of the content of the poet's later great work drew on early childhood experiences, particularly delayed mourning arising from his parents' deaths. This original study is the first fully to investigate the impact of this formative experience on Wordsworth's poetry and to integrate it into a critical account of how his art developed from 1787 to 1813. In doing so it seeks to explain the importance of Wordsworth's great epic, The Recluse, to his work as a whole, and looks at how some of it got written and why it was left unfinished at his death. The book includes 20 illustrations from original notebooks retained by the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, and, among its numerous discoveries, presents the first annotated reading text of The White Doe of Rylstone (1808) with its important 'Advertizement'. Written in an accessible manner, this revealing study will be of great interest to students and researchers of Wordsworth's poetry.

"A major achievement. A marvellous combination of profound scholarship and equally profound speculative insight." Professor Stephen Gill, Oxford University

"Wordsworth: An Inner Life shows that it is still possible to say new things about a life and a literary oeuvre which might seem, in outline, all too familiar." Times Literary Supplement

"This is traditional scholarship at its best, attentive to detail and immersed in a welter of poetic sources, which will no doubt be studied and absorbed by bright graduate students and Wordsworth experts." Times Higher Education Supplement

"In his reconstruction of Wordsworth's "inner life", Wu offers a compelling blend of biography and literary criticism." Religious Studies Review

List of Illustrations vii

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xii

A Note on Texts xiv

Abbreviations xv

1 ?Perhaps my pains might be beguil?d 1

2 ?In black Helvellyn?s inmost womb? 20

3 ?Charg?d by magic? 43

4 ?The world is poisoned at the heart? 69

5 ?Their life is hidden with God? 88

6 ?The vital spirit of a perfect form? 118

Part I: October 1798-April 1799 118

Between Parts I and II: April-May 1799 134

Part II: May-December 1799 146

7 ?Serious musing and self-reproach? 167

8 ?I yearn towards some philosophic song? 189

9 ?That vast Abiding-place? 210

10 ?I only look?d for pain and grief? 231

11 ?Forbearance & self-sacrifice? 257

12 ?O teach me calm submission to thy will? 275

Epilogue 303

Appendix: The White Doe of Rylstone (1808 Text) and it?s ?Advertizement? 316

Bibliography 347

Index 361

ISBN: 9780631206385
ISBN-10: 0631206388
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 16th January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 16.11  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1