Saturday, November 03, 2007

Jacobson, Dan. "Wordsworth's Hidden Arguments." TLS Otober 31, 2007.

Early in his career he also became known as a strikingly “egotistical” and self-absorbed poet – the first of these adjectives being applied to him most famously, though not exclusively, by the young John Keats. (In a letter to his friend Richard Woodhouse, Keats distinguished between his own character as a poet – “unpoetical” he called it – and the “wordsworthian or egotistical sublime”.) Wordsworth himself came close to acknowledging that something of this sort could be fairly said of him. Referring to the long, unfinished poem that became known after his death as The Prelude, he wrote that it was “unparalleled in literary history that a man should talk so much about himself” – a remark suggesting that in his case self-knowledge and self-satisfaction managed quite easily to cohabit with one another. . . . Read the rest here:

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