Browning and Wordsworth
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2004 - 199 sidor
Wordsworth's poetry was far more influential upon that of Robert Browning than has hitherto been supposed. Browning read Wordsworth from an early age, and became an admirer of much of his work. In particular, Wordsworth's aesthetic beliefs about the poet's role in the world were as important to Browning's own conception of this role as those of Shelley, whose relationship with Browning has been far more extensively discussed. relationship, which can usefully be seen as a struggle on Browning's part to throw off the burden of influence imposed upon him by his Romantic predecessor. It also puts forward more historical and biographical explanations for some of the relationship's complexities, including Browning's awareness of Wordsworth's rising reputation in the late Victorian period and the responsibilities imposed upon him in his later career by his own position as a literary lion. John H. Baker teaches for the Open University and the University of Westminster in London.
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Sida 145 - Tis a note of enchantment ; what ails her ? She sees A mountain ascending, a vision of trees; Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide, And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside.
Sida 81 - How exquisitely the individual Mind (And the progressive powers perhaps no less Of the whole species') to the external World Is fitted : — and how exquisitely, too — Theme this but little heard of among men — The external World is fitted to the Mind; And the creation (by no lower name Can it be called) which they with blended might Accomplish : — this is our high argument.
Sida 145 - ... Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide, And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside. Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale, Down which she so often has tripped with her pail ; ; And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove's, The one only dwelling on earth that she loves. She looks, and her heart is in heaven : but they fade, The mist and the river, the hill and the shade : The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise, And the colours have all passed away...
Sida 51 - Accordingly, such a language, arising out of repeated experience and regular feelings, is a more permanent, and a far more philosophical language, than that which is frequently substituted for it by Poets, who think that they are conferring honour upon themselves and their art, in proportion as they separate themselves from the sympathies of men, and indulge in arbitrary and capricious habits of expression...
Sida 100 - Better than such discourse doth silence long, Long, barren silence, square with my desire ; To sit without emotion, hope, or aim, In the loved presence of my cottage-fire, And listen to the flapping of the flame, Or kettle whispering its faint undersong.
Sida 106 - The invisible world, doth greatness make abode, There harbours; whether we be young or old, Our destiny, our being's heart and home, Is with infinitude, and only there ; With hope it is, hope that can never die, Effort, and expectation, and desire, And something evermore about to be.
Sida 46 - Did both find helpers to their hearts' desire, And stuff at hand, plastic as they could wish, — Were called upon to exercise their skill, Not in Utopia, — subterranean fields, — Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where ! But in the very world, which is the world Of all of us, — the place where, hi the end, We find our happiness, or not at all...
Sida 56 - Beauty — a living Presence of the earth, Surpassing the most fair ideal Forms Which craft of delicate Spirits hath composed From earth's materials — waits upon my steps ; Pitches her tents before me as I move, An hourly neighbour.
Sida 164 - Rise up, thou monstrous ant-hill on the plain Of a too busy world ! Before me flow, Thou endless stream of men and moving things ! Thy every-day appearance, as it strikes— With wonder heightened, or sublimed by awe— On strangers, of all ages...
Sida 155 - Fields, Or some secreted Island, heaven knows where ! But in the very world, which is the world Of all of us, — the place where in the end We find our happiness, or not at all ! XXXII.