William Wordsworth (1770-1850) needs little introduction as the central figure in Romantic poetry and a crucial influence in the development of poetry generally. This broad-ranging survey redefines the variety of his writing by showing how it incorporates contemporary concepts of language difference and the ways in which popular and serious literature were compared and distinguished during this period. It discusses many of Wordsworth's later poems, comparing his work with that of his regional contemporaries as well as major writers such as Scott. The key theme of relationship, both between characters within poems and between poet and reader, is explored through Wordsworth's construction of community and his use of power relationships. A serious discussion of the place of sexual feeling in his writing is also included.
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Acknowledgements Abbreviations Note on texts Introduction 1. Poetry, language and difference 2. Community 3. Power 4. Familial authority 5. Vision and times: a critique of reading 6. The collaborative imagination: time and textuality in some later poems Bibliography Index