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Wordsworth's Lucy Poems in Psychobiographical Context

Richard E. Matlak
PMLA
Vol. 93, No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 46-65
DOI: 10.2307/461819
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/461819
Page Count: 20
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Wordsworth's Lucy Poems in Psychobiographical Context
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Abstract

The Lucy poems were evoked by stress in Wordsworth's relationships with Dorothy and Coleridge. Four were written in Germany, where Wordsworth was forced to separate from Coleridge because of the added expense of keeping Dorothy. Wordsworth's resulting hostility toward Dorothy mixes with his love as he fantasizes her death and then mourns her loss in the Lucy poems. But his relationship with Coleridge darkened as well after Coleridge stated a preference for living near Thomas Poole rather than Wordsworth when the poets met at Göttingen following their winter-long separation. "I Travelled among Unknown Men," written in England two years later, reveals, however, that Wordsworth overcame his ambivalence toward Dorothy and his excessive dependency upon Coleridge; his declaration of love for England becomes an indirect refusal to venture abroad with Coleridge again. Through the development of the Lucy cycle, Wordsworth discovered that place is the foundation of love and relationship.

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