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Wordsworth And The Empirical Dilemma

Regina Hewitt

Published August 1st 1990
ISBN : 9780820413587
Hardcover
254 pages
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Departing from the familiar view of Wordsworth as an encomiast of shared ideas, this study finds him engaged in a revaluation of a consensual ideal privileged by most other heirs to British Empiricism. Hewitt argues that Wordsworth faced theMoreDeparting from the familiar view of Wordsworth as an encomiast of shared ideas, this study finds him engaged in a revaluation of a consensual ideal privileged by most other heirs to British Empiricism. Hewitt argues that Wordsworth faced the isolating tendencies within his cultural tradition by accepting individual limits and that he devised a poetics to help his contemporaries explore how respect for individuality can foster a viable community. Insights from reader-response theories help Hewitt probe Wordsworths involvement with his audience, develop new interpretations of poems from An Evening Walk to The Excursion, 1790s lyrics to 1820s sonnets, and offer a new perspective on Wordsworths -egotism- and -decline-.