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Wordsworth and the Druids: Warton Lecture in English Poetry 2008

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Title of host publicationProceedings of the British Academy
DatePublished - 2009
Number of pages32
PublisherOUP/British Academy
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-726458-4

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NameProceedings of the British Academy
PublisherOUP/British Academy


This lecture presents the text of the speech about English poet William Wordsworth and the druids delivered by the author at the 2008 Warton Lecture on English Poetry held at the British Academy. It provides an analysis of the beginning of Book III of The Excursion and explains the concepts of the Poet, the Wanderer, and the Solitary. The lecture suggests that Wordsworth's characters inhabit a common land until modernity takes it away from them, and that this dissolves the natural regenerative seasonal cycle in which humans now find it so difficult to live and work.

Bibliographical note

Appears in a volume of 10 Lectures delivered at the British Academy in 2008.

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