Wordsworth's Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and Politics

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University of Chicago Press, 15 dec. 1984 - 313 pagina's
Wordsworth is England's greatest poet of the French Revolution: he witnessed some of its events first hand, participated in its intellectual and social ambitions, and eventually developed his celebrated poetic campaign in response to its enthusiasms. But how should that response be understood? Combining careful interpretive analysis with wide-ranging historical scholarship, Chandler presents a challenging new account of the political views implicit in Wordsworth's major works–in The Prelude, above all, but also in the central lyrics and shorter narrative poems.

Central to the discussion, which restores Wordsworth to both the French and English contexts in which he matured, is a consideration of his relation to Rousseau and Burke. Chandler maintains that by the time Wordsworth set forth his "program for poetry" in 1798, he had turned away from the Rousseauist idea of nature that had informed his early republican writings. He had already become a poet of what Burke called "second nature"–human nature cultivated by custom, habit, and tradition–and an opponent of the quest for first principles that his friend Coleridge could not forsake. In his analysis of the poetry, Chandler suggests that even Wordsworth's most apparently private moments, the lyrical "spots of time," ideologically embodied the uncalculated habits of an oral narrative discipline and a native English mind.
 

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Beginning with Wordsworth
3
A Poets Reflections on the Revolution in France
31
The Uses of Second Nature
62
Rousseau and the Politics of Education
93
Natural Lore
120
Traditionalism
156
The Discipline of an English Poets Mind
184
An Ideology against Ideology
216
The Role of Coleridge
235
Notes
267
General Index
301
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James K. Chandler is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the College at the University of Chicago.

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