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Wordsworth's negative way

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A lot of critics have had negative things to say about Wordsworth’s negatives. ‘Wordsworth carries his delight in negatives to the point of tiresome mannerisms’, John Jones grumbled.1 Geoffrey Hartman once blamed ‘a negative’ for Wordsworth’s ‘wavering rhythm’; Roger Sharrock thought there were ‘too many’ of them; Kenneth Johnston has spoken of Wordsworth’s ‘bothersome double negatives’; and for Carey McIntosh, more recently, they can ‘seem verbose’.2 Such complaints are understandable. Ne...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1093/escrit/cgx004

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University College
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Essays in Criticism Journal website
Volume:
67
Issue:
2
Pages:
116-135
Publication date:
2017-04-25
Acceptance date:
2017-03-01
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EISSN:
1471-6852
ISSN:
0014-0856
Pubs id:
pubs:691367
URN:
uri:9b945f9a-fbd1-4b68-885f-94993653d38e
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uuid:9b945f9a-fbd1-4b68-885f-94993653d38e
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