The Poet Wordsworth

The Poet Wordsworth

The Poet Wordsworth

The Poet Wordsworth

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I owe a great debt of gratitude to the Master and Council of Trinity College, Cambridge, who honoured me with an invitation to deliver the Clark Lectures in 1949, and who thus gave me the stimulus to gather together some of my findings and reflections upon the poet: Wordsworth. The Master's letter reached me at Grasmere, where I had been spending the best part of three years in the heart of Wordsworth's country, reading his manuscripts in Dove Cottage, and immersed in his poetry. I had thought that I should never again talk or write about Wordsworth (so thoroughly had I learnt among the hills his lesson of silence) -- but when the opportunity came of lecturing to a singularly intelligent and sensitive audience in Cambridge, I was in the end glad of it. Wordsworth, I found, has something to say to the younger generation.

I wish to thank the Secretary and Syndics of the Cambridge University Press for their courtesy in allowing me to publish these lectures with the Oxford University Press, who have had charge of my other work in connexion with Wordsworth.

I am grateful to the editor of The XIXth Century and After for permission to include in this volume . . .

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