An essay on Thelwall and Prosody, also availabe in the collection Grasmere 2011
This essay reviews some of the more radical theories of prosody in the eighteenth century as a context for re-assessing the relations between John Thelwall and William Wordsworth on matters of poetic metre. It then examines what can be discovered from Thelwall's methodical treatment of every line in Wordsworth's Excursion, a poem of which Thelwall had a surprisingly high opinion, and which was itself influenced by Thelwall's The Peripatetic. The most affecting passages of the poem, where Thelwall's notations are most striking, are those which are based on Thelwall's and Wordsworth's loss of children.
About the author
Richard Gravil is author of Wordsworth's Bardic Vocation, 1787-1842 and Chairman of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation
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