Christian Wordsworth 1798-1805 the William Andrew Ulmer

ISBN: 9780791451533

Published: October 1st 2001


228 pages


Christian Wordsworth 1798-1805 the  by  William Andrew Ulmer

Christian Wordsworth 1798-1805 the by William Andrew Ulmer
October 1st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 228 pages | ISBN: 9780791451533 | 4.53 Mb

Recent scholarship on the British Romantic poet William Wordsworth usually depicts him as a secular humanist during the years of his creative ascendancy. In The Christian Wordsworth, 1798-1805, William A. Ulmer challenges this consensus by arguing that Wordsworth never abandoned his faith in a supernatural Deity and that the poets theism included important Christian sympathies as early as 1798. By tracing the changes in Wordsworths religious beliefs - from the early secular period to the later Anglican period - Ulmer reconstructs the strategic indirections by which the poets faith shapes his major poems.

In readings of The Ruined Cottage, the Pedlar narrative, Tintern Abbey, the Prospectus, the Ode, The Prelude, and other texts, Ulmer presents a poet increasingly determined to stage the prophetic revelations of his poems against carefully established Christian backgrounds. Through this revisionary traditionalism, Wordsworth attempts to preserve Englands Christian heritage by adapting it to modern needs. Revisionary in its own right, Ulmers book provides an innovative perspective on Romantic natural supernaturalism and on William Wordsworths religious poetics and intellectual development.

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