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The Wise World of Wordsworth

I have been re-reading the “Preface” to William Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads, because I’m preparing my syllabus for next year, and I think I’m going to include more things like this in my creative writing course, these foundational ideas in Western literature. Early in the piece, Wordsworth writes: It is supposed, that by the act of writing verse an Author makes a formal engagement that he will gratify certain known habits of association; that he not only thus apprizes the Reader that certain classes of ideas and expressions will be found in… Read more The Wise World of Wordsworth