Idle thought in Wordsworth’s Lucy cycle

Adelman, Richard (2011) Idle thought in Wordsworth’s Lucy cycle. Romanticism, 17 (1). pp. 94-105. ISSN 1354-991X

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Abstract

William Cowper’s ‘fearless’ ‘confession’ is situated, in The Task (1784), as an introduction to the free operations of the fancy that make up the poem’s influential ‘brown study’ episode. Having ‘a soul that does not always think’ serves, in the passage that follows, not as an inhibition so much as an opportunity for the poet’s mind to do much more than think.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Wordsworth; idleness; sleep; Cowper; reverie
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary history
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1010 Poetry
Depositing User: Richard Adelman
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2017 18:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40678

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