Wordsworth's Philosophic Song
By (author) Simon Jarvis
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Wordsworth's Philosophic Song by Simon Jarvis
Book DescriptionWordsworth wrote that he longed to compose 'some philosophic Song/Of Truth that cherishes our daily life'. Yet he never finished The Recluse, his long philosophical poem. Simon Jarvis argues that Wordsworth's aspiration to 'philosophic song' is central to his greatness, and changed the way English poetry was written. Some critics see Wordworth as a systematic thinker, while for others he is a poet first, and a thinker only (if at all) second. Jarvis shows instead how essential both philosophy and the 'song' of poetry were to Wordsworth's achievement. Drawing on advanced work in continental philosophy and social theory to address the ideological attacks which have dominated much recent commentary, Jarvis reads Wordsworth's writing both critically and philosophically, to show how Wordsworth thinks through and in verse. This study rethinks the relation between poetry and society itself by analysing the tensions between thinking philosophically and writing poetry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521862684
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Simon Jarvis
Simon Jarvis is Gorley Putt Senior Lecturer in English Literary History at the University of Cambridge.
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