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Wordsworth and the Victorians

Stephen Gill

Abstract

Wordsworth was an 18th-century contemporary of Blake and his greatest poetry was composed before Keats had written a line. His impact, however, was not fully registered until the Victorian period, when it became common to place his poetry in the great line of Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. In part, this book examines how it influenced the Victorian poets and novelists who acknowledged its importance to them. However, drawing on a variety of sources from autobiographical memoirs to publishers' accounts, the book also examines the emergence of Wordsworth as a cultural icon and the various way ... More

Keywords: Wordsworth, poetry, Victorian, cultural icon, laureate, national trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198119654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119654.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Gill, author
Lincoln College, Oxford