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" Humble and rustic life was generally chosen, because, in that condition, the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language... "
Lyrical Ballads: With Pastoral and Other Poems - Page vii
by William Wordsworth - 1802
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Literature of the World: An Introductory Study

William Lee Richardson, Jesse M. Owen - Literature - 1922 - 552 pages
...that situation the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language." Thus in his ballads and shorter poems he used plain and common words deliberately, feeling that the...
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Romantic Revisions

Robert Brinkley, Keith Hanley - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 396 pages
...that situation the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language.'1 Talk, during the October 3rd walk towards Ambleside, of such ideas, and quite conceivably...
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Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture

Laura Doyle - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 288 pages
...that condition, the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can find their maturity, are less under restraint and speak a plainer and more emphatic language" (SP, 282). Elsewhere he carries this fusion of laborer and soil even further, suggesting that the laborer...
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Wordsworth and Feeling: The Poetry of an Adult Child

G. Kim Blank - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 284 pages
...that condition, the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language...." (Wordsworth 1984, 597). This effectively gives us a strong connection between Wordsworth's view of...
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Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind

Patricia Meyer Spacks - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1995 - 316 pages
...rustic life . . . the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language" (239). To an unsympathetic reader, the plainness of the poem's language ("She's happy here, she's happy...
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Wordsworth’s Profession: Form, Class, and the Logic of Early Romantic ...

Thomas Pfau - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 478 pages
...that condition, the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language" (PrW, 1: 12.5). Notwithstanding its programmatic transparency, the statement brings into focus several...
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Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland

Dorothy Wordsworth - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 372 pages
...that condition, the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language" (Preface to the Second Edition of Lyrical Ballads, 1800, in Poetical Works, n p. 386). With a lively...
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Acts of Union: Scotland and the Literary Negotiation of the British Nation ...

Leith Davis - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 240 pages
...that in "Low and rustic life," "the passions of the heart find a better mil in which they can attain maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language" (Prose Works, 1: 124, my italics). In rural conditions, he continues, "our elementary natures exist...
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Taming the Chaos: English Poetic Diction Theory Since the Renaissance

Emerson R. Marks - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1998 - 428 pages
...of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under constraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language; because in that condition of lite our elementary feelings exist in a state of greater simplicity, and consequently may be more accurately...
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English in Nineteenth-Century England: An Introduction

Manfred Görlach - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1999 - 356 pages
...that condition the essential passions of the heart find a better soil, in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language; because in that 55 condition of life our elementary feelings coexist in a state of greater simplicity, and consequently...
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