Wordsworth and His Circle

Wordsworth and His Circle

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Wordsworth and His Circle

Wordsworth and His Circle

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This book does not aim at being a biography of Wordsworth, though it is strung on a biographical thread; and, as the title indicates, it is in many places as much about Wordsworth's contemporaries as about himself.

As my method is deliberately desultory, I have tried, with whatever success, to be on my guard against repetition, the attendant shadow of desultoriness. The first chapter, being introductory, contains a kind of forecast, or summary in advance, of the chief contents of the chapters that follow.

It is impossible to be even initiated into Wordsworth without knowing, and knowing well, a great deal of his poetry. I have, therefore, not stinted myself in quotation and comment, though I have tried to avoid the reproduction of verses which might conceivably be regarded as trite or insignificant. In the Appendix will be found references for those quotations the whereabouts of which is not clearly shown in the text.

The prefixed list of authorities may serve the double purpose of showing the sources from which I have drawn, and guiding the reader who may wish to go more deeply into the subject.

D. W. R.

WINCHESTER, 1907 . . .

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