SUMMARY Disowned by Memory Wordsworth's Poetry of the 1790s
Mwich's critical interpretations of the poetry itself offer readers unusual insights into Wordworth's life and work Library JournalAn added benefit of this book is that it restores our faith that criticism can actually speak to our needs Bromwich is a rigorous critic but he is a general one whose insights are broadly applicable It's an intellectual pleasure to rise to his complexities Vijay Seshadri New York Times Book Revi.
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Although we know him as one of the greatest English poets William Wordsworth might not have become a poet at all without the experience of personal and historical catastrophe in his youth In Disowned by Memory David Bromwich connects the accidents of Wordsworth's life with the originality of his writing showing how the poet's strong sympathy with the political idealism of the age and with the lives of the outcast and the dis.
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Possessed formed the deepest motive of his writings of the 1790sThis very Wordsworthian combination of apparently low subjects with extraordinary 'high argument' makes for very rewarding though often challenging reading Kenneth R Johnston Washington TimesWordsworth emerges from this short and finely written book as even stranger than we had thought and even urgently our contemporary Grevel Lindop Times Literary SupplementBro.