Wordsworth's Transitions

Edward Larrissy

in The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632817
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651696 | DOI:
Wordsworth's Transitions

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This chapter discusses the use of blindness in some of William Wordsworth's most important poems, and its association with the central developments in his thought. It looks at the renouncing of visionary intensity in favour of the world of habit and custom, the questions on intellectual transition or development and the borders of vision. The chapter studies the experience of the eye and the experience of the blind man in the next section, followed by a discussion of seeing beyond barriers. It also looks at the concept of altered vision, and observes that the visuality recorded in Wordsworth's poetry is of an unprecedented modernity and the experience of an eye which is very much connected to the body.

Keywords: William Wordsworth; use of blindness; visionary intensity; habit and custom; intellectual transition; borders of vision; altered vision; eye

Chapter.  18024 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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