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Wordsworth's fun

Author: Matthew Bevis
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
"The next day Wordsworth arrived from Bristol at Coleridge's cottage," William Hazlitt recalled, "He answered in some degree to his friend's description of him, but was more quaint and Don Quixote- like ... there was a convulsive inclination to laughter about the mouth." Hazlitt presents a Wordsworth who differs from the one we know--and, as Matthew Bevis argues in his radical new reading of the poet, this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Bevis
ISBN: 9780226652221 022665222X
OCLC Number: 1109390880
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Facing him --
Laughing: Echoes ; Fits ; Pains --
Playing: Children ; Reprobates ; Idlers --
Fooling: Vices ; Naturals ; Idiots --
Humoring: Oddities ; Medleys ; Selves.
Responsibility: Matthew Bevis.
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"The next day Wordsworth arrived from Bristol at Coleridge's cottage," William Hazlitt recalled, "He answered in some degree to his friend's description of him, but was more quaint and Don Quixote- like ... there was a convulsive inclination to laughter about the mouth." Hazlitt presents a Wordsworth who differs from the one we know--and, as Matthew Bevis argues in his radical new reading of the poet, this Wordsworth owed his quixotic creativity to a profound feeling for comedy. Wordsworth's Fun explores the writer's debts to the ludic and the ludicrous in classical tradition; his reworkings of Ariosto, Erasmus, and Cervantes; his engagement with forms of English poetic humor; and his love of comic prose. Combining close reading with cultural analysis, Bevis travels many untrodden ways, studying Wordsworth's interest in laughing gas, pantomime, the figure of the fool, and the value of play. Intrepid, immersive, and entertaining, Wordsworth's Fun sheds fresh light on how one poet's strange humor helped to shape modern literary experiment

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