The Poetry of Dorothy Wordsworth

The Poetry of Dorothy Wordsworth

The Poetry of Dorothy Wordsworth

The Poetry of Dorothy Wordsworth

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The following pieces were written by Dorothy Wordsworth. They were written across the page--without open recognition of their character as poems. That Dorothy had at least a strong suspicion, though a baffled one, of the poetic character of her observations may be inferred from the passage, in Number 27, in which she writes of one scene of natural beauty that it has made her "more than half a poet." I think it is not only permissible but obligatory that scholars who come after the Imagists and free verse should do their duty as the literary executors of the past and resolve for Dorothy Wordsworth that dilemma which is stated when we couple the above quotation with her other journal jotting: "I tried to write verses--alas!" This executorship I have tried to fulfill by lifting out of the context those passages of her journals which have seemed to me to rise into poetry, preserving the words and the word order of the original, only marshaling them within the free-verse form which was unknown to their author.

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