Jonathan Bate (essay date 1991)
SOURCE: Bate, Jonathan. “A Language That Is Ever Green.” In Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition, pp. 12‐35. New York: Routledge, 1991.
[In the following excerpt, Bate examines William Wordsworth's use of the pastoral, arguing that there is a continuity between the poet's love of nature and his revolutionary politics. Bate also discusses the critical response to Wordsworth's ecological writing.]
During his highly productive residence at Racedown in Dorset and then at Alfoxden in Somerset, Wordsworth worked on ‘The Ruined Cottage’, a poem which Coleridge took to be one of the most beautiful in the language. Over the last twenty years...
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