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Department
English
Course
ENG2106
Professor
James Brooke- Smith
Semester
Winter

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Wordsworth, The Prelude: Topics and Terms Epic Autobiography Blank verse: unrhymed iambic pentameter I grew up/Fostered alike by beauty and fear Wordsworth’s Aesthetic Education How can we see that Wordsworth is producing an epic autobiography? P. 356 Reference to the muse: who breathes inspiration into the poet Wind: is thought of as the muse (brings joy) Embodies a wind of freedom; man has left city for the countryside Can’t see where wind goes; we do not have control over this Ergo a kind of freedom that isn’t tamed Wordsworth says: humans are made up of choice and character Putting himself in the position of the epic where as he is a character “the world is all before me”; reference to end Paradise Lost Beginning of human history taking place; after forbidden fruit is eaten Chooses an epic of human beings and not of gods New breeze forms within him New breeze that forms inside himself; a creative inspiration “wind” Breeze inside himself From epic poem; breathe is from a supernatural being; muses breathe inspiration into him Prelude: inspiration lives within himself Pg 359 Line 177 Narrating how he will decide what he will write about for his “great national epic” Themes rejecting:  British theme; chivalry Mithradates Odin Sertorious Liberty Own heart Says Milton has already used all the great tradition; pressure to be original Disregards
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