The Lake Poets Defining And Developing Romantic Ideals - Essay

Defining And Developing Romantic Ideals

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

David Watson Rannie

SOURCE: An introduction to Wordsworth and His Circle, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1907, pp. 1-17.

[In the following excerpt, Rannie discusses the Romantic characteristics and influences of Wordsworth's work and the poet's association with Coleridge, Southey, De Quincey, and Charles Lamb.]

In one sense it seems a dubious use of metaphor to regard Wordsworth as the centre of any circle. For, if we think of a body of men as a circle, we must think of the centre as one of a group who shares its qualities; one who gives and takes, who lives in intellectual community and not alone. Yet no fact about Wordsworth is more certain and more...

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