Wordsworthian


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

Words·worth

 (wûrdz′wûrth′), William 1770-1850.
British poet whose most important collection, Lyrical Ballads (1798), published jointly with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped establish romanticism in England. He was appointed poet laureate in 1843.

Words·worth′i·an adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Wordsworthian - in the manner of William Wordsworth
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
For though what may be called professed Wordsworthians, including Matthew Arnold, found a value in all that remains of him-- could read anything he wrote, "even the 'Thanksgiving Ode,'-- everything, I think, except 'Vaudracour and Julia,'"--yet still the decisiveness of such selections as those made by Arnold himself, and now by Professor Knight, hint at a certain very obvious difference of level in his poetic work.
In A Passage to India, Mrs Moore endorses the Wordsworthian view of Nature by making Grasmere a standard of essential English identity.
where he spoke of "one of those revelatory, Wordsworthian moments
When one has them at hand they do reveal a Wordsworthian engagement with nature.
His Wordsworthian reaction to that New Haven flat could be explained partly as the expression of his subconscious, so that finally one can view that beer-can-cluttered apartment as a storehouse of Tintem Abbey.
Notwithstanding the ultimate failure of the campaign to prevent the construction of the railway, the Wordsworthian discourse proved persistent, underwriting later campaigns to 'preserve' the Lakes, including by the National Trust, and ultimately transcending the region in inspiring US National Parks.
The functional position of Wordsworthian 'Twilight' is in line with that of what Jungian concept of harmonizing and synthetic power which reconciles mutable distinctions and discordant elements in order to hold them to one society.
Journalists and members of the public are to be allowed to film proceedings since, in the positively Wordsworthian words of Mr Pickles: "Without the sunlight of transparency, the flowering of localism will wither.
A crisp crackle of dry leaves here and a soft glow of fireflies there, many a Wordsworthian moment are waiting to be stumbled upon in a world less profane.
Page reads Aguilar in terms of British Romanticism and nineteenth-century Britain's Evangelical culture, though her use of an idealized Wordsworthian naturalism as a foil to Aguilar's realism--"oneness with others and nature was often at odds with the harshness of experience" (95)--turns Wordsworth into something of a straw man.
Calling on her previous work on Merton and Wordsworth, Weis engages the Wordsworthian notion of "spots of time" set forth in Book 12 of The Prelude: Growth of the Poet's Mind (1850 edition): "There are in our existence spots of time, / That with distinct pre-eminence retain / A renovating virtue .
Without this continual interrogation, we may end up positing Wordsworthian nature as idealizing and monolithic and neglect the "fear and trembling Hope; Silence and foresight," which drives this experience.