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William Wordsworth: Intensity and Achievement

Thomas McFarland


This book seeks to isolate the special factors that generate William Wordsworth's greatness as a poet. Setting out from dissatisfaction with the current trend towards New Historicism in Wordsworthian criticism, it endeavours to qualify the social and political bias of that criticism by a renewed assertion of the poetic primacy of the personal and the qualitative. Taking Marjorie Levinson's reading of ‘Tintern Abbey’ as the book's starting point, the author sets forth a different way of approaching the poem, and then identifies ‘intensity’ as the secret of Wordsworth's power. The permutations o ... More

Keywords: William Wordsworth, poet, intensity, Marjorie Levinson, Tintern Abbey, power, values, truth, play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112532
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas McFarland, author
Princeton University