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Record 1734

Reading Experience:

'On the recto of a fragment of W[ordsworth]'s Prospectus to The Recluse [Dove Cottage MS 24], there appear the following lines: "That noble Chaucer, in those former times, That first enrich'd our English with his rhimes, And was the first of ours that ever brake Into the Muses' treasure, and first spake In weighty numbr, devlving in the mine Of perfect knowledge."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
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:William Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Apr 1770
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Michael Drayton
Title: Elegy to my dearly loved Friend, Henry Reynolds, Esq. of Poets and Poesy
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1734  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 77
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (Cambridge, 1995), p. 77,, accessed: 09 February 2023

Additional comments:

From entry 142 (ii) in Wu (1995); Wu suggests Anderson, British Poets 3:548 as likely source.



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