Idiot Boy

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A ballad by Wordsworth, first published in Lyrical Ballads (1798). One of the most characteristic and controversial of the poet's early works, it takes as hero the idiot son of a poor countrywoman, Betty Foy. The boy's descriptions of his night‐time adventures,‘The cocks did crow to‐whoo, to‐whoo,And the sun did shine so cold’,fittingly illustrate Wordsworth's intention of ‘giving the charm of novelty to things of everyday’.

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