History,Religion and Politics in William Wordsworth's Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Studies in British Literature v. 83)

History,Religion and Politics in William Wordsworth's Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Studies in British Literature v. 83)

By: John Delli-Carpini (author)Hardback

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This book is a complete and thorough study of William Words-worth's Ecclesiastical Sonnets emphasizing especially religion and history. The Ecclesiastical Sonnets are a sonnet sequence of 132 poems beginning with the founding of Christianity in England to the state of religion in Wordsworth's day. Although a later work, they characterize many topics close to Wordsworth's heart - the idea of history, pantheism, nature and Christianity. This book studies history and religion as well as Wordsworth's use of sonnet sequence, a genre of his later writing. There has been very little written about the Ecclesiastical Sonnets, which are mentioned only as a footnote or a passing comment in Wordsworth studies. This book will help students to achieve a complete view of Wordsworth the young romantic as well as the elder statesman (poet laureate) of England.

About Author

John Delli Carpini received his PhD from Temple University in 1989 and has taught English and European literature at Gwynned Mercy College, Manor Junior College, and Saint Charles Seminary College. He is the author of Prayer and Piety in the Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1998) and Poetry as Prayer: Emily Dickinson (2002) and writes regularly for Vocation and Prayer magazine. He publishes often about religion and literature.


Foreword; Preface; Introduction; 1. A Narrative of the Ecclesiastical Sonnets; 2. Wordsworth and Religion; 3. Wordsworth and the Sonnet Form; 4. History and the Ecclesiastical Sonnets; 5. Ideas in the Ecclesiastical Sonnets; 6. Historical Personages in the Ecclesiastical Sonnets; 7. The Ecclesiastical Sonnets as Religious Autobiography; Texts of the Ecclesiastical Sonnets; Selected Bibliography; Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773464117
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 230
  • ID: 9780773464117
  • ISBN10: 0773464115

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