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How does the editor know that seven lines are missing from Wordsworth's Home at Grasmere?

TL;DR: Line numbers in the margin of manuscript A indicate that the missing page 9r in manuscript B had 24 lines, of which 17 can be restored from manuscript A, meaning that 7 are missing. Manuscript ...
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What does the line "The echoes of your rocks my carols wild" mean?

"The echoes of your rocks" is an indirect object, and "my carols wild" is a direct object. That's the only way I can make sense of this sentence. The words "a happy child" are a descriptive comment ...
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Meaning of "not to say this is a bad kind of poetry" etc. in Wordsworth's Preface to the "Lyrical Ballads"

Perhaps changing which words are bolded and italicizing other words will help: The proper method of treating trivial and simple verses to which Dr. Johnson's stanza would be a fair parallelism is not ...
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Meaning of "I'm almost three-score" in "The Idiot Boy" by Wordsworth

Betty Foy's son, the "idiot boy", is not a boy in the conventional sense ("a young male"). Betty Foy uses the term probably in the second sense provided by Wiktionary: (diminutive) A male child: a ...
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What's the meaning of "my censures" as in Coleridge's “Biographia Literaria”

Neither. Coleridge is referring to his own reservations about some of Wordsworth's poems. The context makes this clear: A friend whose talents I hold in the highest respect, but whose judgment and ...
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Is it valid to say "Boat Stealing" by Wordsworth has a sense of foreboding in the section up to line 25?

After line 25, the poem turns dark and troubled, as                                             the huge cliff Rose up between me and the stars, and still, With measured motion, like a living ...
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Theme of William Wordsworth's poem "We Are Seven"?

this poem depicts the innocent nature of a child who just does not want to understand that her siblings have passed away of natural causes and continuously reiterating her determined claim that they ...
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Meaning of "dim blue match" in "The Female Vagrant" by Wordsworth

The match can’t be a friction match as these were not invented until 1826, long after the publication of ‘The Female Vagrant’ in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads, 1798. Instead, the blue flame ...
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Meaning of "dim blue match" in "The Female Vagrant" by Wordsworth

That would be my understanding, yes. Either because of wind the match is burning weakly or because a flame is coloured according to what is burning, so there might have been 19th century matches that ...
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The text of Wordsworth's "To Toussaint L'Ouverture"

I found four versions of these lines published by Wordsworth in his lifetime. We can be reasonably confident that these are the poet’s own revisions. Toussaint! the most unhappy Man of Men, Whether ...
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What does Wordsworth mean by "A pagan suckled in a creed outworn"?

TL;DR: The speaker does not actually want to be a pagan. In this sonnet, the octave describes the spiritual inadequacy of modern life, and the sestet describes a more attractive but still untenable ...
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How can pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind?

There's plenty of ways how a pleasant thought can bring sad thoughts to mind but in this context, Wordsworth is grieving the condition of humanity. As the proceeding lines below state, To her fair ...
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What does “inward eye” mean?

The meaning of "inward eye" is suggested by the other lines: when the poet is lying on his couch, alone, and begins to daydream, the daffodils become visible again in his imagination. In a ...
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Looking for a famous quote by William Wordsworth probably relevant to the concept of the Anthropocene

One possibility is the line "Little we see in Nature that is ours" from Wordsworth's sonnet "The world is too much with us". The poem reads as follows: The world is too much with ...
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"Chieftain" and Toussaint's ethnicity in Wordsworth's "To Toussaint L'Ouverture"

Toussaint was born as an enslaved person on Saint-Domingue, but rose to become its Governor General. My reading is that Kaplan thinks it unlikely that Wordsworth would have referred to a white ...
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