Wordsworths Philosophic Song by Simon JarvisWordsworths Philosophic Song by Simon Jarvis

Wordsworths Philosophic Song

bySimon Jarvis

Paperback | November 19, 2009

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Wordsworth wrote that he longed to compose 'some philosophic Song/Of Truth that cherishes our daily life'. Yet he never finished The Recluse, his long philosophical poem. Simon Jarvis argues that Wordsworth's aspiration to 'philosophic song' is central to his greatness, and changed the way English poetry was written. Some critics see Wordworth as a systematic thinker, while for others he is a poet first, and a thinker only (if at all) second. Jarvis shows instead how essential both philosophy and the 'song' of poetry were to Wordsworth's achievement. Drawing on advanced work in continental philosophy and social theory to address the ideological attacks which have dominated much recent commentary, Jarvis reads Wordsworth's writing both critically and philosophically, to show how Wordsworth thinks through and in verse. This study rethinks the relation between poetry and society itself by analysing the tensions between thinking philosophically and writing poetry.
Title:Wordsworths Philosophic SongFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:November 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052112350X

ISBN - 13:9780521123501

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Poetic thinking: the speculative element of Wordsworth's verse; Part I. Counter-spirits: 1. Old idolatry; 2. From idolatry to ideology; 3. Materialism of the beautiful; Part II. Common Day: 4. Happiness; 5. Infinity; 6. Life; 7. Light; Conclusion: Imagination.

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"Simon Jarvis's dazzling book...[is] innovative, electric, and pugnacious...I read this book in a state of high excitement, even joy. In a strong field, it gets my vote for book of the year."
-Margaret Russett, University of Southern California, Studies in English Literature