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Wordsworth's Fun

Matthew Bevis


“The next day Wordsworth arrived from Bristol at Coleridge’s cottage.... He answered in some degree to his friend’s description of him, but was more quaint and Don Quixote-like.... There was a convulsive inclination to laughter about the mouth, a good deal at variance with the solemn, stately expression of the rest of his face.” William Hazlitt's words present a Wordsworth who differs from the one we know. This book argues that the poet's quixotic creativity owes much to this mixture of the solemn and the laughable, one that is vitally related to his hopes for his writing and to his sense of t ... More

Keywords: Wordsworth, fun, humor, comedy, laughter, folly, play, poetry, Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226652054
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226652221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Bevis, author
University of Oxford

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