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- DescriptionWhy read Wordsworth's poetry - indeed, why read poetry at all? Beyond any pleasure it might give, can it make one a better or more flourishing person? These questions were never far from William Wordsworth's thoughts. He responded in rich and varied ways, in verse and in prose, in both well-kwn and more obscure writings. Wordsworth's Ethics is a comprehensive examination of the Romantic poet's work, delving into his desire to understand the source and scope of our ethical obligations. Adam Potkay finds that Wordsworth consistently rejects the kind of impersonal utilitarianism that was espoused by his contemporaries James Mill and Jeremy Bentham in favor of a view of ethics founded in relationships with particular persons and things. The discussion proceeds chrologically through Wordsworth's career as a writer-from his juvenilia through his poems of the 1830s and '40s-providing a valuable introduction to the poet's work. The book will appeal to readers interested in the vital connection between literature and moral philosophy.
- Author BiographyAdam Potkay is the William R. Kenan Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary. He is the author of The Story of Joy from the Bible to Late Romanticism, winner of the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association.
- Author(s)Adam Potkay
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication07/04/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight385 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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