Offending Wordsworth

Posted Monday March 2, 2009 by John Gunders in |

OK, I’m tired and emotional, and I’m not enjoying this at all, but I’m writing about the Romantic Subject in the final chapter of my thesis, and have felt compelled to re-read Wordsworth’s Preface to the Lyrical Ballads. My way of coping is to cut and paste the most egregious examples of Eighteenth Century excess for your delectation.

It has therefore appeared to me, that to endeavour to produce or enlarge this capability is one of the best services in which, at any period, a Writer can be engaged…. The most effective of these causes are the great national events which are daily taking place…

OK call me cynical, but was that an application to be made Poet Laureate, or what?