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Wordsworth and the Druids

MATTHEW CAMPBELL

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264584
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734069 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264584.003.0008

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Wordsworth and the Druids

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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.

Keywords: William Wordsworth; druids; English poet; The Excursion; seasonal cycle; Warton Lecture; British Academy

Chapter.  10994 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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