By James M. Garrett
Laying off clean mild on Wordsworth's contested courting with an England that modified dramatically over the process his occupation, James Garrett locations the poet's lifelong try to keep watch over his literary illustration in the context of nationwide rules of self-determination represented by way of the nationwide census, nationwide survey, and nationwide museum. Garrett presents ancient historical past at the origins of those 3 associations, that have been initiated in Britain close to the flip of the 19th century, and exhibits how their improvement converged with Wordsworth's personal as a author. the result's a brand new narrative for Wordsworth reports that re-integrates the early, center, and past due classes of the poet's occupation. unique severe discussions of Wordsworth's poetry, together with works that aren't regularly accorded major cognizance, strength us to think again the standard view of Wordsworth as a fading middle-aged poet chickening out into the hills. fairly, Wordsworth's ceaseless remodeling of previous poems and the flurry of latest courses among 1814 and 1820 demonstrate Wordsworth as an engaged public determine trying to 'write the country' and place himself because the nation's poet.