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Romantic reclusion in the works of Cowper and Wordsworth

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The end of the eighteenth century witnessed an imaginative mass migration as authors wrote about withdrawing from society. This thesis traces the origins of 'Romantic reclusion' in the works of Cowper and Wordsworth, particularly Cowper's poem The Task and Wordsworth's unfinished masterwork The Recluse, which epitomise the tradition. Romantic reclusion differs from 'solitude' and 'retirement' in that its motives were social. Cowper and Wordsworth wrote about withdrawing i...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Christ Church
Department:
Humanities Division - English Language and Literature
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Publication date:
2014
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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uuid:6fecb323-7ddc-43bd-a592-35694f8addaf
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ora:11839

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