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Title: Wordsworth's counter-spirits : poetry, labour, and inspiration
Author: Baxendine, Jamie
ISNI:       0000 0003 8272 2471
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis deals with the origins of the division between labour and inspiration, and with its consequences for the production of poetry in the Romantic period, looking at the relationship between knowledge and skill, poetry and other disciplines, speculative knowledge and the accumulation of insulated facts, and labour and idleness. I want to suggest that these multiple social and cognitive divisions do not just separate different kinds of work from each other, but internally divide them, and that the distortions introduced into them thereby may be discovered, by patient analysis, in the smallest cells of their practice. It focusses on the poetry of William Wordsworth, on the literary, political, and philosophical writings of his contemporaries, and on the ways in which they experienced poetry.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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