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Wordsworth in his major lyrics : the art and psychology of self-representation

Author: Leon Waldoff
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Wordsworth in His Major Lyrics explores the identity, role, and subjectivity of the speaker in Wordsworth's finest and best-known longer lyrics - "Tintern Abbey," "Resolution and Independence," "Ode: Intimations of Immortality," and "Elegiac Stanzas." Because Wordsworth is the most autobiographical poet of the Romantic period, and perhaps in the English language, readers naturally take the speaker to be the poet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leon Waldoff
ISBN: 0826213294 9780826213297
OCLC Number: 45466163
Description: ix, 180 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The lyrical "I" as a self-dramatization: Wordsworth's transitional self --
The dramatics of self-representation in "Tintern Abbey" --
In the mind's eye/"I": "resolution and independence" --
The "I" of the ode: public performance, subjective transformation --
"Elegiac stanzas": the poet in his letters and the "I" of the poem --
Conclusion: the prelude as a major lyric.
Responsibility: Leon Waldoff.

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This text explores the identity, role and subjectivity of the speaker in Wordsworth's finest and best-known longer lyrics - "Tintern Abbey", "Resolution and Independence", "Ode: Intimations of  Read more...

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"Leon Waldoff's book is lucidly written, impeccably researched, and elegantly theorized. It will find a wide audience among Romantic scholars interested in the issue of self-representation."--Douglas Read more...

 
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