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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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Some Lucretian Elements in Wordsworth (1985)

Some Lucretian Elements in Wordsworth (1985)

(p.37) Three Some Lucretian Elements in Wordsworth (1985)
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Willard Spiegelman

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This chapter compares William Wordsworth and Roman poet Lucretius. Some critics believe that it is impossible to compare two poets whose outlooks and beliefs are often diametrically opposed while others argue that the largely confected life of Lucretius makes him sound like an early Wordsworth. This chapter suggests that whatever their failures, as poets or thinkers, both Lucretius and Wordsworth have given us an ordered vision of the life of man, with great vigour of real poetic image and often acute observation.

Keywords:   poets, William Wordsworth, Lucretius, critics, poetic image

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