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By John Wyatt

There's a long-held view that Wordsworth's inspirations dried up ahead of the age of 40. This e-book opposes that view by way of reading the mammoth physique of poetry written after his 50th 12 months. The argument is that, that allows you to take pleasure in this paintings, a lot of which was once encouraged by means of itineraries in Britain and in Europe, we need to learn the poems as they have been first released. by way of adopting the viewpoint of the modern reader, Wordsworth's grand layout could be liked.

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In Sonnet IV, the Duddon is still a 'cradled nursling', but in the next sonnet, childhood develops and flowers. Mirroring the river's own growth is a domestic picture of rural children playing by their cottage on the river's bank. In Sonnets VII and IX and X youth appears in the growing form of the river: 'The struggling Rill sensibly is grown into a brook' (W. , Ill, p. 249). To cross the growing stream requires stepping stones, and the sonnets next portray a picture - like accounts of the love-sick youth and then the young lovers daringly poised both in their life and in the path of the stream.

The explanation is that Walker is a traditional figure - 'He loved old customs and old usages'. Supported by his hard, diligent work as a country craftsman as well as by his roles as scholar, village teacher, administrator and priest, he cheerfully accepted the discipline of hard labour. No lines were drawn between leisure and work, between places of work and worship. Walker taught his charges from the chancel steps at Seathwaite and sat at the spinning wheel as he heard their lessons. 'Frugality and temperance' were virtues added to industry.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-11 38 39 and indeed protecting the traveller himself. Duddon has become 'the Leader'. ' and, as he sits on a stone to consider a reply, he adds a hope that his verse could be a 'speaking monument'. The sequence is memorably visual. The poet essays pictorial impressions, either in short episodes within a sonnet or in whole sonnets, creating brief picture-like narratives. In Sonnet IV, the mountain cascade dowses the Adventurer who climbs above the stream to ascend its tumultuous rock bed.

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