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Wordsworth's Vagrants: Police, Prisons, And Poetry In The 1790s
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UPDATED: 02/22/20
Wordsworth's Vagrants: Police, Prisons, And Poetry In The 1790s

Wordsworth's Vagrants explores the poet's treatment of the 'idle and disorderly' in the context of the penal laws of the 1790s, when the terror of the French Revolution caused a crackdown on the beggars and vagrants who roamed the English countryside


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  • Wordsworth's Vagrants: Police, Prisons, And Poetry In The 1790s available on April 13 2017 from VitalSource for Https://www.vitalsource.com/en-uk/textbooks?term=9781409478935&duration=90&cjsku=9781409478935R90" itemprop="offers" target="_external" title="" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Offer">38.0
  • ISBN bar code 9781409478935 ξ1 registered April 13 2017
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From his work on the Salisbury Plain poems through to the poetry about vagrants, beggars, and lunatics in Lyrical Ballads, Quentin Bailey argues, Wordsworth attempted to imagine a way of relating to the vagrant and criminal poor that could challenge the systematizing impulses of William Pitt and Jeremy Bentham. Whereas writers had previously relied on sensibility and fellow-feeling to reveal the correct ordering of society, Wordsworth was writing in a period in which legislators, magistrates, and commentators agreed that a more aggressively interventionist approach and new institutional solutions were needed to tackle criminality and establish a disciplined and obedient workforce. Wordsworth's interest in individual psychology and solitude, Bailey suggests, grew out of his specific awareness of the Bloody Code and the discussions surrounding it. His study offers a way of reading Wordsworth's poetry that is sensitive to his early radicalism but which does not equate socio-political engagement solely with support for the French Revolution.


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