"Wordsworth’s Poetry 1787-1814" by Geoffrey Hartman

Wordsworth’s Poetry 1787-1814 Geoffrey Hartman

Publication date:
09 Dec 2014
Yale University Press
448 pages: 203 x 127mm
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The drama of consciousness and maturation in the growth of a poet's mind is traced from Wordsworth's earliest poems to The Excursion of 1814. Mr. Hartman follows Wordsworth's growth into self-consciousness, his realization of the autonomy of the spirit, and his turning back to nature. The apocalyptic bias is brought out, perhaps for the first time since Bradley's Oxford Lectures, and without slighting in any way his greatness as a nature poet. Rather, a dialectical relation is established between his visionary temper and the slow and vacillating growth of the humanized or sympathetic imagination. Mr. Hartman presents a phenomenology of the mind with important bearings on the Romantic movement as a whole and as confirmation of Wordsworth's crucial position in the history of English poetry. Mr. Hartman is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Iowa.
"A most distinguished book, subtle, penetrating, profound."—Rene Wellek. "If it is the purpose of criticism to illuminate, to evaluate, and to send the reader back to the text for a fresh reading, Hartman has succeeded in establishing the grounds for such a renewal of appreciation of Wordsworth."—Donald Weeks, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

Geoffrey Hartman is Sterling Professor of English and Comparative Literature (Emeritus) and Senior Research Scholar at Yale. In addition to Wordsworth's Poetry, his many distinguished books include The Unremarkable Wordsworth (1987) and, most recently, A Scholar's Tale: Intellectual Itinerary of a Displaced Child of Europe (2007). He also is a co-founder of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

A most distinguished book, subtle, penetrating, profound. It has advanced an understanding of Wordsworth beyond the excellent work of recent years."—René Wellek