Vernon Lee (Violet Paget)

Wordsworth English

William Wordsworth


 1770~1850. A representative poet of the English romanticism. Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey are called ‘The Lake Poets.’ He and Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads in 1798, which is the most important book of the Romanticism. Other famous works of Wordsworth are The Prelude (1850) and others.
 Despite the importance Wordsworth had in the literary history, Vernon Lee’s mentions to Wordsworth were rare. However, they have a lot in common.

The Prelude

 As shown in The Prelude, Wordsworth tried to establish himself by recalling “spots of time.” His longing for the past is similar to that of Vernon Lee. While Wordsworth tried to revive “spots of time” by immersing himself into nature, Vernon Lee tried to do the same thing by immersing into art, and it is accomplished by way of “empathy” into art. Lee calls nature or landscape laden with the memories of the past “genius loci.” Empathy and genius loci are the important key words to understand Vernon Lee’s works.
 In Juvenilia, Lee refers to a phrase appeared in a Wordsworth’s poem: "the world is too much with us" and writes this phrase often comes up in her mind.

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