Fortitude in Life and Verse (1805–8)
The last books of The Prelude were written rapidly but, far from being exhausted by its completion, Wordsworth, after a brief respite, welcomed the freedom he at last enjoyed to write on a number of subjects he would willingly have undertaken earlier, particularly in memory of his brother. John’s death had made him set aside The Prelude, only to return to it for relief from feelings which had precipitated such a torrent of composition that he could neither recollect it coherently nor write down the fragments he did remember (l.v.05).
KeywordsPersonal Talk Contemporary Poetry Narrative Poem Homeward Journey Moral Exhortation
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