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By Elizabeth A. Fay

This cutting edge booklet explores the speculation that "Wordsworth the Poet" is an imaginitive projection within which either William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy collaborated, constructing a character that the siblings strove to inhabit. simply because William was once its critical enactor, either publicly and privately, poetically and experimentally, his tendency used to be to sublimate Dorothy into an audible yet invisible muse, positioned simply at the back of him. Dorothy, although, continuously imagined herself in a collaborative or twinned relation to William, even if he used to be absent. She skilled the Wordsworthian position as more and more alienating, extra a cultured functionality to be enacted at will, while William discovered the position ever extra ordinary and inseparable from himself.

This publication explores the ways that the Wordsworths have been quite fitted to boost their collaborative character, the literary fictions they drew on, and the price they derived from one of these concerted and utopian attempt. the writer bases her paintings on recognized Wordsworthian texts, in addition to little-read lyrics and essays of William and the relatively unknown oeuvre of Dorothy.

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