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Chapter 6 - Wordsworth’s Bardic Vacation

Invoking the Spiritual in the Age of Steam

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 June 2023

Tim Fulford
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De Montfort University, Leicester
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This chapter investigates the formal and generic experimentation of four late poems that rework the concerns of the Lyrical Ballads for the new contexts – public and private – of the late 1820s, 1830s and 1840s. Several intertwined themes run through my discussion: Wordsworth’s efforts to set his new poems in a circle of writers and readers, substituting for the old Grasmere circle but more socially conventional; his critical response to the tales and romances of Scott and Hemans; his renewed interest in people, especially women, who, by virtue of dwelling at or beyond society’s borders, communicate with or embody the world of death, and the feminism of this interest and the limitations of this feminism.

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Experimentalism in Wordsworth's Later Poetry
Dialogues with the Dead
, pp. 129 - 160
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Wordsworth’s Bardic Vacation
  • Tim Fulford, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Book: Experimentalism in Wordsworth's Later Poetry
  • Online publication: 15 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009320771.007
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  • Wordsworth’s Bardic Vacation
  • Tim Fulford, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Book: Experimentalism in Wordsworth's Later Poetry
  • Online publication: 15 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009320771.007
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  • Wordsworth’s Bardic Vacation
  • Tim Fulford, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Book: Experimentalism in Wordsworth's Later Poetry
  • Online publication: 15 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009320771.007
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