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Wordsworth's Desiccation

Thomas McFarland

in William Wordsworth: Intensity and Achievement

Published in print February 1992 | ISBN: 9780198112532
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670800 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112532.003.0004
Wordsworth's Desiccation

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This chapter discusses the melancholy quantity of desiccated verse used by Wordsworth. There have been many previous discussions on the subject, but the discussions in this chapter attempt to emphasize only that those discussions that wish to deny the existence of an anti-climax or claim that banal verse is somehow true poetry should not be taken as serious criticism.

Keywords: melancholy; desiccated verse; Wordsworth; anti-climax; banal verse; true poetry; criticism

Chapter.  3167 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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