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Organising PoetryThe Coleridge Circle, 1790-1798$
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David Fairer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296163.001.0001

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‘Sweet native stream!’: Approaching Tintern Abbey

‘Sweet native stream!’: Approaching Tintern Abbey

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(p.95) 4 ‘Sweet native stream!’: Approaching Tintern Abbey
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Organising Poetry
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296163.003.0005

The continuities of literary history discussed in the Burkean contexts of Chapter 3 are also central to this chapter, which looks at Wordsworth's poem not as an expression of the ‘egotistical sublime’, but as a sociable text that values continuities of several kinds. The chapter recovers the ‘inland murmur’ of Wordsworth's poem, moving upstream to its sources in the work of Thomas Warton and his school, especially in its echoes of a tradition of ‘riverbank’ poetry that can be traced back to Warton's ‘River Loddon’ sonnet of 1777 and the poems of his protégé William Lisle Bowles. The chapter discusses how Wordsworth's text is in dialogue with these earlier revisitings of a common ‘native stream’, an organic motif that linked a poet's personal history to the recovery of a poetic tradition.

Keywords:   Wordsworth, Coleridge, Warton, Bowles, Headley, sonnet, Tintern, Southey, riverbank

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