Browning and Wordsworth

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 199 pages
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Wordsworth's poetry was far more influential upon that of Robert Browning than has hitherto been supposed. Browning read Wordsworth from an early age, and became an admirer of much of his work. In particular, Wordsworth's aesthetic beliefs about the poet's role in the world were as important to Browning's own conception of this role as those of Shelley, whose relationship with Browning has been far more extensively discussed. relationship, which can usefully be seen as a struggle on Browning's part to throw off the burden of influence imposed upon him by his Romantic predecessor. It also puts forward more historical and biographical explanations for some of the relationship's complexities, including Browning's awareness of Wordsworth's rising reputation in the late Victorian period and the responsibilities imposed upon him in his later career by his own position as a literary lion. John H. Baker teaches for the Open University and the University of Westminster in London.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
7
A NOTE ON TEXTS
9
WHY BROWNING AND WORDSWORTH?
15
WORDSWORTH AND BROWNINGS REJECTION OF ROMANTICISM
23
PARACELSUS THE PROBLEM SOLVED
36
WORDSWORTH REJECTED
73
WORDSWORTH ERASED
92
THE BROWNINGKNIGHT CORRESPONDENCE WORDSWORTH DISNTERRED
117
BROWNINGS WORDSWORTH SELECTION
130
BROWNING AND THE PRELUDE
149
CONLCUSION
172
NOTES
177
BIBLIOGRAPHY
189
INDEX
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