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William Wordsworth

Peter Mcdonald

in Sound Intentions

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749049 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661190.003.0003
William Wordsworth

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This chapter looks at Wordsworth's repetitions. It considers ‘The Thorn’ and examines Wordsworth on metre, and the metrical patterns in ‘Ode to Duty’. Next the chapter looks at Coleridge on the Immortality Ode and ‘flux and reflux’. It moves on to Wordsworth on ‘purpose’, and the manifestation of this in his blank verse, especially The Prelude. It examines line-end repetition in blank verse, from Milton and Cowper to Wordsworth. The chapter then considers the influence on Coleridge's conversation poems; patterns and meaning of repetition in Home at Grasmere; and the ideas of flux, reflux, and repose as figured in the poem's verse. It describes image of the stream in Wordsworth's blank verse, and its relation to movement and repetition of thought. It goes on to analyse the Immortality Ode; and rhyme, repetition, and the sounding of intention. It considers The Excursion and meaning of repetition, Milton's importance for the Immortality Ode, and the significance of Wordsworth's choice of rhymes (and words not rhymed) in the poem. Finally it looks at Wordsworth and the rhymed voice of intention.

Keywords: Wordsworth; repitition; Coleridge; intention; blank verse; Home at Grassmere; Immortality Ode; Milton

Chapter.  23148 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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