Marilyn Butler, 7 July 1983
Show More William Wordsworth: The Borders of Vision by Jonathan Wordsworth.
Oxford, 496 pp., £25, February 1983, 0 19 812097 4Show More
William Wordsworth: The Poetry of Grandeur and of Tenderness by David Pirie.
Methuen, 301 pp., £14.95, March 1982, 0 416 31300 0Show More
Benjamin the Waggoner by William Wordsworth, edited by Paul Betz.
Cornell/Harvester, 356 pp., £40, September 1981, 0 85527 513 8Show More
“... One evening, declares Jonathan Wordsworth as he begins his new critical book, a poet happened to be walking along a road, when the peasant who was with him pointed out a striking sight: ’Twas a horse, that stood Alone upon a little breast of ground With a clear silver moonlight sky behind. With one leg from the ground the creature stood, Insensible and still; breath, motion gone, Hairs, colour, all but shape and substance gone, Mane, ears, and tail, as lifeless as the trunk That had no stir of breath ...”