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The Poetics of Self-definition and Self-crisis in William Wordsworth's Poems in Two Volumes (1807)

Abstract : This study is based on a personal and close reading of a few poems taken from William Wordsworth's 1807 Poems in Two Volumes and of "Tintern Abbey", the last poem of the 1798 Lyrical Ballads. These poems, some of which belong to the most studied and famous of Wordsworth's writings, perfectly illustrate the poet's own conception of nature, and the way that very conception allows him to reach a sort of spiritual well-being. This dissertation contains a lot of micro-readings of such poems as "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" or "Tintern Abbey", the aim of which is to explore and decipher the psychological progression retraced in those poems. The purpose is to explain how Wordsworth's own treatment of the external world - shared by the Romantic poets at large - allows him to overcome a spiritual crisis marked by a sense of nostalgia for his childhood and a feeling of personal loss and to explain how he realises that the crisis in question is just a prerequisite for an imaginative reward.
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Jonathan Zeitoun. The Poetics of Self-definition and Self-crisis in William Wordsworth's Poems in Two Volumes (1807). Literature. 2012. ⟨dumas-00931513⟩

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