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Record Number: 14156


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'This modern fashion [in the study of poetry in schools] of treating noble thoughts, feelings, and principles, set forth in prose or verse, merely as the material for grammatical analysis, appears to my prejudiced mind to be a kind of intellectual vivisection. The life is destroyed in the act of discovering and distinguishing the elements of which its body os composed. A young friend of mine said to me that she had 'done' the story of Margaret, in the Excursion, with notes, for a correspondence class [...] All that she had retained from this 'doing' was, as far as I can gather, nothing but the fact that she had 'done' it. Feeling, admiration, there was none. The poetry had been a lesson to be "got through."'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

unknown

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

anon

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

child

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

unknown

Country of Experience:

unknown

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

a "young friend" of Elizabeth Sewell



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Wordsworth

Title:

The Excursion (excerpts)

Genre:

Fiction, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

14156

Source:

Print

Author:

Elizabeth Missing Sewell

Editor:

n/a

Title:

'The Reign of Pedantry in Girls' Schools' (article in The Nineteenth Century)

Place of Publication:

n/a

Date of Publication:

1888

Vol:

23

Page:

218

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Elizabeth Missing Sewell, 'The Reign of Pedantry in Girls' Schools' (article in The Nineteenth Century) (1888), 23, p. 218, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=14156, accessed: 29 November 2023


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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