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" In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs: in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and things violently destroyed; the Poet binds together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society,... "
Poems - Page 381
by William Wordsworth - 1815
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Poet Lore, Volume 30

1919 - 694 pages
...losing. It is Wordsworth who gives us answer. He bids us turn to none other than the poet. Because "in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and...passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society." He is an "upholder and preserver." Ay, to such a pass have we now come that we discover that: we can...
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Some Diversions of a Man of Letters

Edmund Gosse - 1919 - 360 pages
...but he conceived a wide social activity for writers of verse. He foresaw that the Poet would " bind together by passion and knowledge the vast empire...is spread over the whole earth, and over all time." I suppose that in composing those huge works, so full of scattered beauties, but in their entirety...
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The Great Tradition: A Book of Selections from English and American Prose ...

Edwin Greenlaw, James Holly Hanford - 1919 - 714 pages
...spread over the whole earth, and over all time. The objects of the poet's thoughts are everywhere; on the poles of truth. To pass from theological and ph favorite guides, yet he will follow wheresoever he can find an atmosphere of sensation in which to...
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Critical Essays of the Early Nineteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - 1921 - 458 pages
...and love. In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs: in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and...over all time. The objects of the poet's thoughts are everywhere; though the eyes and senses of man are, it is true, his favorite guides, yet he will follow...
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Critical Terms for Literary Study, Second Edition

Frank Lentricchia, Thomas McLaughlin - 2010 - 498 pages
...and socialist implications of Wordsworth's theory of the poet (an instigator of radical community, he "binds together by passion and knowledge the vast...human society, as it is spread over the whole earth"; he does "not write for poets alone, but for men"), these implications were drawn out by Shelley: "The...
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Literature and the Marketplace: Romantic Writers and Their Audiences in ...

William G. Rowland - 1996 - 254 pages
...and love. In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs: in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and...is spread over the whole earth, and over all time" (Prose 1 :141) . In those "things silently gone out of mind, and things violently destroyed," Wordsworth...
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Beyond Representation: Philosophy and Poetic Imagination

Richard Eldridge - 1996 - 330 pages
...society. "In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs; in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and things violently destroyed" (326), the poet binds people together. Wordsworth thus intends his deliberately prosaic, minimalistic...
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Wordsworth's Counterrevolutionary Turn: Community, Virtue, and Vision in the ...

John Rieder - 1997 - 284 pages
...implies: "In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs: in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and...is spread over the whole earth, and over all time" (PrWl 141). This is not to say, however, that Wordsworth's formula represses history or evades politics....
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Wordsworth’s Profession: Form, Class, and the Logic of Early Romantic ...

Thomas Pfau - 1997 - 478 pages
...12.9-31) In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs: in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and...is spread over the whole earth, and over all time. (PrW, i: 141) This assertion of great distress at the loss of a stable, meaningful field of reference...
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The Theory of Inspiration: Composition as a Crisis of Subjectivity in ...

Timothy Clark - 2000 - 322 pages
...and manners, of laws and customs: in spite of things silendy gone out of mind, and things violendy destroyed; the Poet binds together by passion and...is spread over the whole earth, and over all time. (Prose, I, 118-88, p. 141). This is an audience considered so much in the abstract as to become almost...
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